We have a heat wave! It’s actually up to 45F, which is so much more normal for this time of year. The sunshine’s not, but I’m going to enjoy it while we’ve got it. Rain tomorrow, but the sky is blue and clear today. Amazingly so!
There are chickadees and a towhee on the feeder. <giggling> Not anymore…. the chickadee was opposite the towhee, by the non-functional seed tube. When the towhee was facing the other way, he snuck up behind, snatched a beakfull of seed and took off. The towhee jumped and turned and then ran all the way around the feeder looking for it!
What a long set of chores. yesterday! …and working at things all day, barely made a dent. I did get some writing and some drawing done, sorted a lot of things and put away two boxes of books and filed another box of papers and got one batch of cookies done. Tempus got laundry and worked on his car. …and then he was so goopy and ouchy that he took a long bath. He made salads for supper while I was finally dragging my way through newsletter stuff. I also came up with a new product on Cafe Press, a custom one for a special purpose. After that *I* got a long bath while he was sorting things in the living room and then we turned in.
Today has to be more of the same. We need to get bread made for the week and I want to get another batch or 3 of cookies, since almost all the shortbread is gone again. Wow, that goes away fast… and I have to have cookies when the box goes to the boys in Virginia. I guess Tempus and I are both going to be working in the kitchen, but we’re looking longingly at the sunshine. I don’t know how tempted we’re going to be, but it’s the last day of sunshine predicted for weeks…. Can I make an excuse of taking pictures? 🙂
Today ‘s featured products are from Cafe Press. We’re running out of time to get things for the holidays! They usually take 5-7 business days, but this is a busy time of year, plus shipping time can be longer than usual, so if you want something it might be a good idea to head over there soonest. http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight
I have over 30 designs up (although some similar themes are combined into one, e.g. pentacles). Cafe Press prints on everything from t-shirts in sizes 6x to newborn, long, short and no-sleeve, hoodies, pj’s, undies, jewelry, hats to pillows to blankets, shot glasses to coffee mugs to beer steins & hip flasks, computer, ipad & phone gear, cards, journals and calendars. They even print shower curtains! Not every design of mine suits every product, so if you see a design and can’t find a product type that you need, e-mail me and request it. At this time of the year I can get some of those kind of requests done quickly!
Also, we do custom designs. Mostly this would entail taking your photo (and I can start from scanning one!!!!) adding captions, sayings or “froufies” (such as a holiday or other border) and placing it on a specific product so that you can order it. Depending on the
length of time that it takes me to get the product set up for you, it would cost between $10 and $80 for custom sets. I’ll give you an example… If you send me an electronic copy of a picture of your kids and request “We love you, G’ma!” for a caption on a coffee-mug, a pillow and a blanket, the art-work and set-up would take me about 40 minutes, or $10 (payable in advance, yes, you can use Paypal or plastic…) At that point you could go to our Cafe Press site to the “Custom” section and place your order through them for however many or few that you want. When you notify me that you’ve gotten the pieces that you want, I take the design back down, to protect your privacy, putting it in “hidden” status, so that if you want more pieces I don’t have to charge you again for custom work, simply re-activate the design. If I’m starting from custom art-work (yes, I do that) and you want a lot of different sizes and shapes of products, I can spend 6 or 8 hours ($80) getting that ready for you. E-mail me to discuss this at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water – Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
Eadweard Muybridge was one of the first to do “motion studies” using photography, some of which are still being used. He made it possible to see these in his “zoopraxiscope” (wow, what a name!) His first famous one seems to have been on a bet to prove that at one point in its stride a trotting horse has all four feet off of the ground. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge …where you can find moving images of the ‘scope, the horse and a bison!
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waxing Gibbous. 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon –From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends on 12/15 at 1:28pm.
Which rises first: bright Jupiter in the east-northeast, or bright Rigel in Orion‘s foot in the east-southeast? Both come up soon after dark. At the latitudes of New York and Denver (about 40° N), Rigel comes first tonight. As far north as Ottawa and Seattle (about 46° N), Jupiter now leads.
Mercury (magnitude –0.7) is sinking away deep into the glow of sunrise.
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 Runic half-month of Jera/Jara 12/13-12/27 – Jara signifies the completion of natural cycles, such as fruition, and has a more transcendent meaning of mystic marriage of Earth and Cosmos. *Ø* Wilson’s Almanac free daily ezine | Book of Days | December 13
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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 – I act with balance in my heart. I speak with balance on my lips. I walk with balance in my feet.
~ Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial. – H. Ross Perot
~ The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. – Eden Phillpotts
~ Each day is a brand new day where I have the power to create and design what’s possible! – Hanns-Oskar Porr
~ He who asks the question is a fool for a minute; he who does not is a fool forever. – Chinese Proverbs
I run great risk of failing. It may be that I shall encounter ruin where I look for reputation and a career of honor. The chances are perhaps more in favour of ruin than of success. But, whatever may be the chances, I shall go on as long as any means of carrying on the fight are at my disposal. – Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) English Novelist
Yule Oil – Put in soap or anoint candles
4 drops pine
3 drops cedarwood
3 drops cinnamon
2 drops frankincense
2 drops juniper
Add a pinch of dried pine needles from your tree with garnet, green tourmaline, and clear quartz crystals. A great Yule tree smell with the hint of log fires and spicy pomanders!
Christmas Cookie Blend
This blend smells like a sugar cookie! Try it in a room spray.
4 drops Vanilla (fragrance oil is ok as vanilla is so expensive)
10 drops Bergamot
5 drops Ylang ylang
2 drops Cardamom
1 drop Roman chamomile
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Winter Solstice Ritual Potpourri – Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
20 drops musk oil
25 drops pine oil
1 cup oak moss
2 cups dried mistletoe
1 cup dried poinsettia flowers
1 cup dried bayberries
1/2 cup dried rosemary
1/2 cup dried holly leaves and berries
3 crushed pinecones
Mix the musk and pine oils with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above recipe for “Winter Solstice Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 164, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)
Yule Time/Christmas Scent simmering potpourri (used Stuff 2006)
3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
1 quart water
Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays! Just be careful to keep the heat turned low and the water topped up, else the house will smell like burned spices. Not a fun Yule scent!
You can also use this blend in a candle heated oil diffuser once it’s simmered for a bit.
Other spices can be used, such as allspice, star anise, nutmeg, ginger…. Use your imagination!
This is a good way to use up baking spices that are getting stale, or that have picked up codling moths during the summer.