50F and gloomy, although there’s not supposed to be rain until late today and it’s supposed to be very warm. 63F is the forecast hight! We’re in for a wet and windy week, though.
Yesterday we didn’t get to the shop as early as I had hoped, but the Herb Bunch weren’t showing up, anyway, so it wasn’t too big of a problem. I spent their time cleaning the work table. Eventually, I got far enough that I managed to get the tiny wood butter tins (that are going for gifts) put away and started de-trashing the table from leftovers from the various projects. There were bits and pieces of paper *all* over the place!
At noon I looked up when I heard the fire sirens. Santa arrived in Waldport, in a firetruck, just at noon!
I spent most of the rest of the day working on sorting out old herbs and pulling some that we need new stock of. I took a nap mid-afternoon and then did a little sewing and worked on some more of the bunnies. Jeanne came in during the late part of the day and it was wonderful to see her! Tempus and I both caught up on computer stuff after that, then closed up and headed home.
We didn’t have dinner until past 11pm, but it was delicious: chicken teriyaki, baked acorn squash, and mashed potatoes. We went to be right after.
Today is the Wicca 101 class. Having promised the youngsters, we’ll be doing soap balls this morning and working with rosewater. The House Capuchin project day starts at noon and there are already projects scattered all around.
From our Cafe Press Line of ornaments. We don’t carry these at the shop! They are only available online. Ancient Light’s Cafe Press store – http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
Today is the Haloia of Demeter, the feast of the beginning of her long search for her daughter. More here: http://witchofstitches.blogspot.com/2009/12/haloia-of-demeter.html and on Demeter here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demeter#Demeter_and_Persephone
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Love & Light,
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/7 at 7:27pm. 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 on 12/20 at 5:36pm. 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 Quarter on 12/14 at 4:51am.
Look right of the Moon this evening for Betelgeuse, and farther right for the rest of Orion. Watch far down below the Moon in midevening for Procyon to rise. Then watch equally far below Orion’s Belt for brighter Sirius to rise a little later (as seen from the world’s mid-northern latitudes).
Mercury is hidden in the glare of the Sun, too close to the sun to observe all month.
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), 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
Su 7 High 1:08 AM 7.2 7:39 AM Set 8:25 AM 99
7 Low 6:30 AM 2.9 4:37 PM Rise 6:13 PM
7 High 12:18 PM 8.8
7 Low 7:17 PM -0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret”
~ Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry. – William Golding (1911-1993) English writer
~ There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley
~ Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.- William R. Inge
~ A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexcographer
The maternal instinct . . . is a Gift-love, but one that needs to give; therefore needs to be needed. But the proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift. We feed children in order that they may soon be able to feed themselves; we teach them in order that they may soon not need our teaching. Thus a heavy task is laid upon this Gift-love. It must work towards its own abdication. We must aim at making ourselves superfluous. The hour when we can say ‘They need me no longer’ should be our reward. But the instinct, simply in its own nature, has no power to fulfill this law. The instinct desires the good of its object, but not simply; only the good it can itself give. A much higher love – a love which desires the good of the object as such, from whatever source that good comes – must step in and help or tame the instinct before it can make the abdication. – C. S. Lewis, from his book The Four Loves
Yule Incense Recipe Spiritwolf & Silver Dove
- 2 Parts Frankincense
- 2 Parts Pine needles or resin
- 1 Part Cedar
- 1 Part Juniper Berries
Grind the Pine needles, dried juniper berries and Cedar together with a pestle (in a mortar), add frankincense and mix well before burning on charcoal in a fireproof container.
Twelve Herb Yule Sachet
7 parts Juniper
2 parts Rosemary
4 parts Cinnamon
2 parts Lemon peel
4 parts Allspice
2 parts Orange peel
4 parts Ginger
1 part Clove
4 parts Caraway
1 part Bay
2 parts Nutmeg
2 pinches Orris root
Tie up in green or red cloth and give as gifts on Yule
Spicy Gifts For Yule
Start now making special herbal gifts and decorations with your own hands expressing holiday sentiments from your heart. We’ve searched far and wide and come up with a fine assortment of herbal ideas, recipes and crafts for you to select from.
Yule Time/Christmas Scent
3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
1 quart water
Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays!
Cinnamon Treasures By Brenda Hyde
Cinnamon is not only easy to craft with, but it’s a smell that reflects the warmth and charm of a cozy winter home more than any other. These gifts can be used as additions to baskets filled with homemade breads,
muffins or cookies. You can also package them alone for small gifts to give teachers, friends and house guests.
Mulled Tea Bags
5 tsp. loose black tea
4 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
2 tsp. coarsely crushed cinnamon stick
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
Cut two five inch squares out of the cheese cloth. Place 1/2 of your tea ingredients on one square, and the other 1/2 on the second one. Bring the corners together and tie into a bag with the string. Place the teabags into a mug, with these instructions:
To brew place one tea bag in a mug and 1 cup of boiling water. Steep 5 minutes and enjoy!
If you wish you can also include a small jar of honey, an antique spoon (easily found at a thrift store), 2 cinnamon sticks for stirring and a novel to enjoy reading while drinking.
Santa Cinnamon Sticks
You will need:
1 6 inch long cinnamon stick
red, peach or cream, black and pink acrylic paint
tiny stiff paintbrush for textured paint
“snow” textured paint
Paint Santa’s hat on a 1/2 inch space at the top of the stick, using textured paint for ball and trim. For face, paint 3/4 below the hat using peach or cream paint, paint eyes black and cheeks pink. Lastly use texture paint and the stiff brush to paint eyebrows and the beard. These make charming gift toppers, or additions to gift baskets and flower arrangements.
Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments
Two recipes, both simple, for making these neat ornaments that can also be used as package toppers. If making ahead, I would put each one in it’s own plastic bag and store in a cool dry place.
You will need:
4 ounces of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup of applesauce
2 tablespoons of white craft glue
These are not edible because of the glue. Mix together well, roll out and cut your shapes. Poke a hole at the top of each one for hanging before they dry. Put them on a wire rack for about a week and let them dry, turning them over about once a day.
You will need:
3/4 cup applesauce
1 4.12 ounce bottle ground cinnamon
Mix together to form a stiff dough. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Make hole at top of ornaments on rack to dry. Let dry 1-2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally. Hang with decorative thread, ribbon or natural raffia. Makes 12-15 ornaments.
You will need:
Cinnamon sticks, 4-5 inches long
dried flowers of your choice
hot glue gun, glue sticks
To make a centerpiece glue together two cinnamon sticks, then top with two more, gluing the four of them together. Glue dried flowers to the top of the sticks to decorate, but not overwhelm. Tie a few pieces of raffia around the middle of the sticks and flowers to form a bow with a few ends hanging slightly off the piece. Place one in front of each place setting during your holiday meal. Guests can then take home their cinnamon craft.
Cinnamon Stick Candle Holder
You will need:
1 clear glass votive candle holder
about 20 cinnamon sticks
hot glue gun, glue sticks
Measure the height of your holder, and add 1/2 inch. This is the length you will need to cut your cinnamon sticks. Cover the holder completely with tape. Hot glue does not adhere well to glass, so this will give you a good surface to glue to. Glue each stick vertically to the holder, making sure they are placed evenly, until the entire surface is covered. Use like this, or decorate with raffia, or other small holiday decorations.
1 cup mugwort
1/2 cup rose petals
1/2 cup german chamomile
1/2 cup of sweet hops
1/3 cup lavender buds
1/3 cup catnip crushed
1/4 cup peppermint
Mix the ingredients together.Make cloth bags from a 5×12 inch piece of
material and fill the bags with your mixture. Sew the top of the bag shut.
Sweet dreams! These make great craft fair items, inexpensive gifts or neat items for gift baskets. – From Herbal Witchcraft – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
He believes in Santa Claus.
He doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.
He is Santa Claus.