It’s dim and grey with just a light breeze. 36F It sounds like Seattle’s getting snowed in! They’ve 3-4 inches, at this point, but we’re just a little damp.
It felt like I spent 1/2 of yesterday hunting for things. It wasn’t quite that bad, but frustrating to have the time I had set aside just dribble away. I got a chicken dish made, a batch of quick breads and some living room sorting, since Robyne’s coming out for the holiday this afternoon.
I spent a large chunk of the day in between all that working on the new edition of the Mab’s Creations Well-Dressed Workbasket #2. I’m on the final edit, mostly at the point of double-checking to make sure all the pieces are there.
We turned in early, but I got up after about 4 hours, did a batch of shortbread and one of lebkuchen, sorted out who is getting what into tins and then went back to bed. I really wanted to get just one more batch of shortbread before the stuff went to the kids, but….
Oh, I am sleepy, still, even well into my 2nd cup of coffee. I’m writing this down at the shop. We’ve partially packed the boxes for the kids and Tempus took off to help our elderly friend run some errands. I have to get those packed, do final copies and printing on our Yule ritual and scramble around to find the pieces.
Fascinating article on Corvid (crow) intelligence. Whaddya know? Our best bet for studying alien intelligence is right here on earth! http://io9.com/crows-could-be-the-key-to-understanding-alien-intellige-1480720559
Today’s Plant is Gillyflower, Clove Pink, Carnation, all names that are used for, Dianthus caryophyllus. This plant has been hybridized to the point where the basic flower and the florist’s varieties (which are all that show up in the article….) don’t look a bit alike, although they keep the scent. These also make a yummy tea. Even a single flower in a cup of green tea is enough! There is a lot of symbolism to the flower, depending on which culture you’re in, although they generally are thought to mean love, fascination, and distinction. They were used particularly in crowns of victory in ancient Europe. – Masculine, Sun, Fire, Jupiter – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy (so perfect for hospital bouquets!) and for healing of broken hearts, add red, rather than pink blossoms. White are occasionally used for the protection of children or those who travel. Dried petals make a great addition to sachets, potpourris or incense since they strengthen the properties of other plants and herbs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dianthus_caryophyllus
Mōdraniht, Modresnacht, Mother’s Night is a very old festival that apparently celebrated several goddesses, the Matres or Matrones. This is one of those did-they-didn’t-they feasts that you find in a lot of the modern pagan calendar books, but we aren’t really sure *what* was done, only that something was. What’s in the books is interpretation. It’s possible that this connects to Berchta/Frau Holde/La Befana who are all gifting goddesses. It’s equally possible that this was simply an event where women did the sacrifices or even some other kind of topsy-turvy bit. No one is really sure. Here’s some info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C5%8Ddraniht A similar event is talked about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C3%ADsabl%C3%B3t
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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. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 1/1/ at 3:14am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. , Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Waning Quarter on 12/25 at 5:48am.
Once the waning gibbous Moon rises after dinnertime, you’ll find Jupiter above it, Pollux and Castor left of Jupiter, and
to the Moon’s right or lower right. Much farther right of Procyon, watch for brilliant Sirius coming up.
(magnitude +0.6, in Libra) is in the southeast as dawn begins to brighten. Look for it far to the lower left of Mars and Spica, and far lower right of brighter Arcturus.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Celtic Tree month of Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23
Celtic Tree month of Beth/Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
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 – The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
~ The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance. – Nathaniel Branden
~ Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God. – Lenny Bruce
~ Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it. – Buddha
~ A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. – Herb Caen
Lifestyle is learning to be wherever you are. It is developing a unique focus on the current moment, and drawing from it all of the substance and wealth of experience and emotions that it has to offer. Lifestyle is taking time to watch a sunset. Lifestyle is listening to silence. Lifestyle is capturing each moment so that it becomes a new part of what we are and of what we are in the process of becoming. Lifestyle is not something we do; it is something we experience. And until we learn to be there, we will never master the art of living well. – Jim Rohn
How to Make a Bird Seed Wreath
Ingredients for Bird Seed Wreath – For a bundt-pan sized bird seed wreath, you’ll need:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup warm water
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 package unflavored gelatin
4 cups bird food (such as seeds, peanuts, berries, dried fruits)
Bundt pan or other mold
Nonstick cooking spray
If you don’t have a mold, shape the mixture by hand onto a piece of waxed paper or a cookie sheet.
How to Make the Bird Seed Wreath
Step 2: Stir in Bird Seed – – Mix the seeds with the paste in a large bowl, using a spatula to stir and fold until all of the seeds are coated and the edible glue is distributed. The mixture will start getting very sticky. Make sure it’s well mixed to keep the wreath from falling apart.
Step 3: Mold Wreath – Spray the bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Using the spatula, press the seed mixture into the bundt pan. Be sure to press the mixture down firmly until it’s well packed and even. Set the pan aside overnight. The mixture will harden and turn white, and the surface will be firm and dry when it’s ready. Test by pressing gently on the surface, and allow more setting time if it’s at all soft.
Step 4: Add Finishing Touches – Once the wreath is hard, gently remove it from the mold by turning it upside down onto a plate. Tie ribbons, garnish with sprigs of greenery or berries, and hang it for the birds to enjoy!
Once you get the hang of making the edible glue, there’s no end to possibilities:
Make up some pretty seed combinations. For example, dried red cranberries with white safflower seed, or black sunflower seeds dotted with fresh blueberries.
Line the bottom of the mold with berries or fruits in a pretty pattern. Carefully spread the seed mixture onto it to press the fruits into your wreath.
Create “edible ornaments” using muffin pans, cookie cutters, or free-form shapes.
Use a flower pot to mold bird seed bells. Tie a knot in a piece of ribbon, and thread it
through the drainage hole in the pot. Add the seed mixture to the pot, making sure the knot is firmly embedded in the glue mixture.
Silliness – One Christmas, Phil and Will built a skating rink in the middle of a pasture. A shepherd leading his flock decided to take a shortcut across the rink. The sheep, however, were afraid of the ice and wouldn’t cross it. Desperate, the shepherd began tugging them to the other side. “Look at that,” remarked Phil to Will. “That guy is trying to pull the wool over our ice!”