Kinda running out of 2013, aren’t we? 🙂
It’s 43F and overcast, no wind and no chance of rain. That’s kinda odd for this time of year.
Yesterday flew by so fast that I’m not sure what all I did… Tempus has gotten a promotion to doing a full route, business and residential all on his own, so he’s getting home an hour later. I got to the shop a few minutes early for once and got things open. I had a counseling session and a friend stopped by to chat and after that did lots of little chores until we had our lunch around 3pm. I started falling asleep, so Tempus chased me into the back to snooze and I didn’t wake until after 6pm! It was fairly quiet during the afternoon, he said.
When I got home I got started on something for the medieval feast that I’m cooking for in February, doing paperwork mostly and then talking to some folks that we’re hoping to have come for entertainment. After that I worked on the recipes while I chatted with friends.
We had pork chops, baked potatoes and beets for supper and then Tempus turned in after we talked for a few minutes about today’s tasks. We’re hosting a sausage-making on Wednesday, so some cleaning has to happen in our kitchen. I’m going to be at the shop, maybe sewing, finally.
I like this….
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar, are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter,
even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
Feast day of St Egwin of Worcester – Egwin was a bishop who died at Evesham, England, in about 717; the story of his life bears some resemblance to that of St Adhelm. He was possibly a member of Mercian royal house, and thus a relative of King Ethelred. Appointed Bishop of Worcester in about 692, he founded a monastery at Evesham. This came about when the Virgin Mary was seen first by a herdsman, Eof, or Eoves (who was shown where to site a monastery), and then by Egwin himself in a meadow by the Avon River. The place name Evesham derives from the herdsman’s name. (It has been suggested by Peter Eaves that it might be that the name Eoves actually was a signifier of the man’s occupation as a swineherd – in Old English, eofor meant ‘boar’.)
Before setting out for Rome to defend himself again false accusations of strictness, he locked his feet in chains and threw the key into the River Avon. In Rome he went straight to the market and bought a salmon caught in the River Tiber. Miraculously, the key was in the belly of the fish. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egwin_of_Evesham and here: http://saints.sqpn.com/sainte94.htm
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is in Hecate’s Brooch, going Dark at 3:14pm. 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends on 12/30 at 3:14pm. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Dark, psychopomps. Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the tide change on 1/1 at 3:14am.
When evening twilight turns to night at year’s end, the constellation Andromeda is crossing the zenith (for the world’s mid-northern latitudes). The Great Andromeda Galaxy passes right through your zenith if you’re near latitude 41° north (New York, Denver, Madrid). This happens at 6:05 p.m. tonight if you live at your time zone’s standard longitude. If you’re east or west of there, as you probably are, the galaxy will transit as much as 30-plus minutes earlier or later, respectively. Lie on your back and look straight up with binoculars for a dim, elongated little glow of fuzzy gray among the pinpoint stars.
Mars (magnitude +0.8, in Virgo) rises around midnight. It’s highest in the south before the first light of dawn. Mars is 3/4° from Gamma Virginis, 2 magnitudes fainter, on the mornings of December 28, 29, and 30. By January 4th it moves nearly 3° away from the star. In a telescope Mars is gibbous and still small, not quite 7 arcseconds in diameter.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree month of Beth/Birch Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
Runic half-month of Eihwaz/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
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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.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
M 30 Low 3:53 AM 3.1 7:52 AM Rise 5:47 AM 9
30 High 9:55 AM 9.2 4:46 PM Set 3:26 PM
30 Low 5:07 PM -1.0
30 High 11:36 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – May our roots always run deep and may our branches keep stretching to the sun
~ The reward that you get for digging holes is a bigger shovel. – Terry Prachett (I Shall Wear Midnight)
~ The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him. – Chinese Proverbs
~ Speak the truth, but leave immediately afterwards. – Slovenian Proverb
~ One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus. – Tony Robbins
Don’t ever let others drag you down.
Laugh in the face of it and never frown.
Hold your head high and reach for the sky,
because you can do anything if you only try.
Life is for living.
Love every day.
Thank god for your health and happiness when you pray,
for your beautiful family
and for being in love,
for the twinkling stars at night above,
for the sunset in the morning as you rise
and for the feeling of being here and just being alive. – Irene Burns
The Gift of a Story – Posted January 30th, 2009 by Judith Costello
Our neighbor is 96 years old and she still goes for a walk several times each week. Very slowly she makes her way along the pasture fence between our properties. Then she turns around and goes home, carefully avoiding the ruts in the dirt road. I have gone out to greet her only occasionally.
A simple hello always means a commitment to thirty minutes, or more, of conversation. I know that’s not much in the larger scheme of things. And, it means so much to older people when you give them the gift of time. But these days life seems to be all a rush and time is a precious commodity. Often my husband reminds me that I’m not keeping up with everything I have committed to do. I get stingy.
That’s why I’m pleased to share what I’ve learned about another gift we can give each other. It’s the gift of Story. Yes, it takes time. But it’s fun too and it fuels the imagination. Here’s how I learned about it.
Last week, I saw Florene on her walk and knew it was way past time to say hello. It had been weeks since I’d seen her. She deserved a few minutes of chitchat. So I headed out the door. And sure enough she was happy to see me and eager to talk. We visited by the roadside and then I invited her to come and see the new horses in our yard. She’s a country lady through and through and had hinted that she was wondering about the new equines in the neighborhood.
While I was pointing out the names of the horses, one of our chickens came up to Florene. The hen, who was named Fred by the children, made a throaty cackling sound that tells me she’s happy and curious. Fred circled around Florene’s legs.
It had been years since Florene had spent time with chickens, she said. She bent down to pat Fred on her back and Fred squatted obediently to receive the touch. When Florene looked to me for understanding, I said, “That’s the first time I’ve seen her do that. These are new chickens and they normally avoid most humans. She really seems to trust you.”
A few minutes later we were walking down the road, and Florene’s daughter was coming out to see why her mother had disappeared.
“Laura dear, you’ll never believe what just happened,” Florene began. “A chicken came right up to me! Judith says she never does that with other people. But that chicken hunkered down to let me pet her. She is so soft and beautiful. You should go see her. It was just wonderful.”
I realized in that moment that the best gifts are so very simple. Maybe the best gift of all is a story. Florene has a new gem of a story about her friend the chicken. It will make her smile for many days. And it was such an easy gift to offer. All it took was to interpret what she saw. “That chicken runs from people…everyone but you. It must be that the small creature sees beyond wrinkles. Animals know things about people.” All of that came across to Florene.
So many times I have missed the opportunities to give gifts like that. Maybe it’s because I’m not paying attention, I’m rushing around or I’m simply unwilling to give. But I see now that my children need story affirmations like that. My husband needs story affirmations.
For example, our Blue Heeler only “talks” to my husband. It’s amazing to see as the dog sits before him and modulates her voice in conversation. They have regular talks. But it happens often enough that I have taken it for granted. Now I see that telling my husband the story of what I see occurring between him and the dog would be an affirmation, a gift.
I’m going to record the story of my son’s football year–it’s a story about coming into manhood. I want to share the story of my daughter’s amazing cake award so that she’ll see that all things are possible when you put forth effort.
There are so many stories. And I see now that this is a gift that goes beyond meaningless chitchat chewing up time. It is minutes spent in observing and sharing. It is an image that can be preserved and savored.
About the Author: Judith Costello and her family live in rural New Mexico. They call their place “Sagging Acres.” Judith and her husband, Jurgen Haver, are the creators of the website www.thedailychristian.com.
~ Artery: The study of painting
~ Bacteria: The back door of the cafeteria
~ Barium: What doctors do when their patients die
~ Bowel: A letter like A, E, I, O or U
~ Caesarean Section: A neighborhood in Rome
~ CAT Scan: Searching for a kitty
~ Cauterize: To make eye contact with a girl
~ Coma: A punctuation mark
~ Enema: Someone who is not your friend
~ Fester: Quicker
~ Fibula: A small lie
~ Labor Pain: When you get hurt at work
~ Nitrates: Cheaper than day rates
~ Node: Was aware of
~ Outpatient: A patient who fainted
~ Pelvis: An Elvis impersonator
~ Recovery Room: A place to do upholstery
~ Secretion: Something you don’t want anyone to know
~ Seizure: A Roman emperor
~ Tablet: A small table
~ Terminal: Where the planes land
~ Urine: Opposite of “you’re out”
~ Varicose: Nearby
~ Vein: To be conceited
[forwarded by Debbie Duff]