When I walked into my study this morning it was full of light, wimpy winter light, to be sure, but light. The light keeps going away and coming back because the sky is nearly overcast, although it’s not a solid layer, more lumpy clouds with spaces between. It’s 48F and the forecast high for today is nearly 60. I guess we need to get some outdoor stuff done.
Yesterday just was a slog. I hadn’t slept well, because my back has been giving me fits and Tempus was running out the door early, which led to me getting up because I couldn’t fall back asleep for fear that I wouldn’t wake up! <sigh>
I spent pretty much the whole day working on updates to websites and blogs. I got a little research done on some recipes and a bit more on some toys. I’m hoping I’m going to be able to start writing soon…. Other than that, the day just…. went.
Today Tempus is going to be home. I’ve asked him to go through the fridge and get that taken care of, since no one else has a clue what’s edible and what’s not. We have esbat in the evening, planning to get the Yule ritual tweaked to shape.
One of the silly customs that my family created when the kids were small was the “Official Lighted House Count”. We always started the day after Thanksgiving and have all kind of rules (gotta be lighted, no businesses, two people gotta see it. 🙂 ) So, you’re going to be seeing our count here in the newsletter. 🙂 On Friday we saw 11, on Saturday 14, Sunday 5, and then Monday 3, so our count is at 33, so far. We’ll be driving around town as we get off work from now through Yule, counting.
Ever had one of these days? 🙂
Today’s Plant is Cascade penstemon, or coast penstemon, Penstemon serrulatus. A member of the plantain family, this was used by the 1st nations peoples as a medicinal remedy for toothache. It’s common name, “Beardtongue” is because the flower appears to be sticking out it’s hairy tongue! It has a lovely flower, and is a semi-deciduous shrub, which usually is very short, unlike many shrubs. The tender shoots that the flowers grow on often get frost-nipped, so only survive for a year or so, with the rest of the plant surviving below the level of surrounding plants, acting as a perennial ground-cover. – Feminine, Venus, Earth – Use for headaches, particularly headaches coming from tooth pain or infection by binding the herb with red wool and/or putting it into a red cloth pouch and bind to the head, or even put into your pillowcase at bedtime. You can put a leaf in your shoes to help with the effects of standing on them too long. Roots protect from snakebite and a bunch of the flowers will chase negativity away, particularly that coming from outside. Iow, it won’t do much for a bad mood…. More on Penstemon here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penstemon
Today’s feast is to Bona Dea, the Good Goddess! This was an exclusively women’s religious festival. Men could be punished with blindness for profaning the rites. Bona Dea’s true name and face, due to her modesty, were unknown to men. She was the goddess of virtuous womanhood, venerated by everyone from emperors to slaves, but mostly by women, children and plebs. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bona_Dea
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Love & Light,
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 on 12/6 at 4:27am. 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 12/4 at 7:27pm.
Look about a fist and a half above the Moon this evening for the brightest stars of little Aries. Farther left of the Moon are the Pleiades, and much farther left sparkles bright Capella.
Venus is buried very deep the sunset.
Saturn is deep in 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
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Ruis/Elder – Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – 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. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 3 Low 3:17 AM 2.2 7:35 AM Set 4:22 AM 84
~ 3 High 9:29 AM 8.8 4:38 PM Rise 3:08 PM
~ 3 Low 4:27 PM -0.2
~ 3 High 10:43 PM 6.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The heart is the happiest when it beats for others.
~ Avoid problems, and you’ll never be the one who overcame them. – Richard Bach
~ I thought of my ancestors, both direct and collective, who had fought and died so that I might be treated as an American. I then thought of this fetid, smug, hate-filled, wealthy white man taking credit for the release and yet still not being satisfied. It does not matter how long we’ve been in these United States. We will never be American. – Baratunde
~ A leader is a dealer in hope. – Napoleon Bonaparte
~ All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain? – Buddha
If snow falls on the far field
spend the night,
I ask you, cranes,
to warm my child in your wings. – Anonymous, Japanese
Laminated Window Hangings for Yule
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Yule cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of trees, suns, stars or other Yule figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Reindeer chow – Makes 4 – can be doubled or more
You need to start this during Thanksgiving weekend to leave plenty of time! We used to give this as gifts on Mikulas day or just before school let out, so that our friends had something to attract the reindeer on Christmas! Teachers always liked this, too.
- aluminum foil
- tray or cookie sheet
- 2 cups dry quick oat oatmeal
- ¼ cup water (may take more if you use old or stale oatmeal)
- 2 tbsp each red and green colored sugar or edible glitter (or any color you like).
- 5 sandwich size baggies or 5 squares of plastic wrap or cellophane about 12”x12”
- curling ribbon
- tags (printed from master)
- bowl and mixing spoon
- Put foil on tray or cookie sheet.
- Put oatmeal in bowl.
- Sprinkle with water and mix. All the “dust” should mix in or sprinkle on a teaspoon of water at a time until it does.
- Mix well.
- Spread out on foil, and sprinkle with sugar or glitter, squashing it in.
- Put in a warm out-of-the-way place and let dry for about 3 days.
- While it’s drying, take your master to the copy shop and make two copies on cardstock.
- Cut sheet in ½ and write your message on the inside.
- Punch a hole in the corner, where indicated and thread onto a piece of curling ribbon.
- When your reindeer chow is dry, break it up, but leave “chunky” like cat or dog food.
- Bag up (about 1/2 cup per) and tie with curling ribbon or set into plastic wrap and tie.
- Use ribbon to tie on the tag.
- Give away for your friends to enjoy, but save a bag for yourself!
O Little one, on Christmas Eve
Take this Magical Reindeer feed.
With Faery Magic, it will Light
Santa’s way through dark of night.
So place it in an outdoor spot
for when Santa makes his annual stop.
This faery charmed feed will give a lift
to make the Reindeer sure and swift. (poem 1998 copyright, Selyndria)
Silliness – While Christmas shopping at a toy store, Barry came across a long line of people waiting for a promised shipment of dolls from Mattel. As he scanned the line, he noticed his friend, Wally, waiting with all the others. Knowing that Wally had no daughters or young relatives, Barry figured that Wally must like the dolls himself.
“Wally, I didn’t know you were a collector!”
“I’m not,” Wally replied.
“Then why are you standing in this long line?”
“Well, I’ve never been able to resist a Barbie queue!”