Yesterday was a long enough day that I walked in and didn’t get anything done, nor did I actually wake until nearly noon. It’s taken me most of another hour to get settled down to actually accomplishing anything.
Hatch was at the shop with me most of the day yesterday. We talked a lot and he did some toy varnishing while I worked on computer stuff and trying to sort out some orders. I do wish that people who want to order from the website would actually read the listings! I had one guy wanting to buy “sets of 6” of some of the handmade wooden bottles. There’s no listing of “6” much less “set” at all…. Not only that, there are only *5* on the page! …and they’re $30 each and the shipping to the UK was over $60, but he wanted to pay $30 for the whole thing and got mad at me for telling him that his total was going to be over $200. It took several hours for me to get it through to him, that I wasn’t going to pay to give him product just for the privilege of him having it….
Other than that, I was tagging and setting out a bunch of small product including some semi-precious stone bracelets and then made an attempt to sort out my beading area. I have a stack of projects that have gotten parked there that I need to get back to.
Hatch had started a crockpot chicken in the morning and went up to the house to get us some for supper and then came back down for class. It turned out pretty tasty!
We had a good class last night. The couple that came to a class a couple of weeks ago, didn’t show up, but we got well into Lesson Two. We’re going to keep right on through the holidays since no one is leaving town. Hatch helped me close up after class and then I waited for Tempus. Yesterday was his annual “Tolkein date”. He goes out with his old college roomie to see the yearly movie and this year the movie theater did a “Hobbit Marathon”, so he left well before noon and didn’t get down to the shop until well past 10pm!
One thing that I’ve been meaning to write about was during some of the sunny weather this week as I’m waiting for Tempus out in front of the house I’ve been watching the blooming rosemary and all of the creatures that are feeding on the lovely blue flowers. The bees were out in force and not in the least worried about shadows falling on them as I moved around to watch. One that startled me was what looked like houseflies doing the same as the bees, but if I came in closer to look they took off and quickly vanished. I also startled a hummingbird. He jumped up into the air and as I backed away he settled back down to sipping, popping up into the air to check on my every so often. He was joined by two lady hummingbirds not long after that and they all dove back down into the bush when Tempus came up with our baskets.
Today Tempus is out running errands with our elderly friend. Hatch is working on persimmons and I’m trying to catch up on mail. With any luck we’ll get to the kitchen clean-up later today. I also have a couple more designs to get up on Spoonflower and I’d like to finish up a couple of the Cafe Press designs that I haven’t touched since last winter. …well, I can hope. 🙂
This was nice to wake up to! – https://urbantimes.co/2014/06/50-stories-that-will-restore-your-faith-in-humanity/
Today’s plant is the cobra lily, Darlingtonia Californica, a carnivorous bog plant, native to California and Oregon. These plants are trippy…. they eat bugs, because they thrive in such awful soil that they need a different way to get the nutrients that most plants get out of the ground! No, they don’t have any magickal uses that I know of. A good article about Darlingtonia: http://coastexplorermagazine.com/features/carnivorous-rare-and-wild-cobra-lilies The wiki article is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_(plant) and one about the wayside in Florence is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darlingtonia_Botanical_Wayside The wayside is worth a drive. There are good walkways just above the ground level so that you don’t hurt the plants. We used to roll Grandma’s wheelchair through there every summer at least once, because she was fascinated, too.
Las Posadas, Mexico – This custom apparently derives from Spain, but is celebrated mostly in Central America and the Southwestern US. It includes Nativity parades, and plays resembling those of the mummers along with breaking of piñatas and lots of parties. There’s even a celebration in Portland that ends up with Santa collecting gifts for needy children. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Posadas
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Love & Light,
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 Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 12/17 at 5:36am. 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 12/20 at 5:36am.
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1:12–02:02 a.m. EST – Double shadow transit on Jupiter – For 50 minutes the shadows of both Io and Europa will fall simultaneously on Jupiter. Note that this event occurs after midnight on Monday, Dec. 15. Both Io and Europa are casting their tiny black shadows onto the face of Jupiter from 1:12 to 2:02 a.m. Tuesday morning Eastern Standard Time (10:12 to 11:02 p.m. Monday evening Pacific Standard Time). Europa itself starts crossing Jupiter at 1:18 a.m. EST, and Europa starts crossing the disk at 2:15 a.m. EST. For all about the doings on and around Jupiter for amateur telescopes this month, see “Action at Jupiter” in the December Sky & Telescope, page 52.
Maybe you’re familiar with the ET Cluster, NGC 457 in Cassiopeia. But what about its neighbor Sharpless 2-173, a faint nebula containing the weak cluster Mayer 1? Use the Queen’s Kite asterism to get there, as Sue French shows in her Deep-Sky Wonders chart and column in the December Sky & Telescope, page 56.
The waning Moon guides the way to Saturn in the eastern dawn on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23
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
©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
Tu 16 Low 1:00 AM 2.5 7:46 AM Rise 1:56 AM 37
~ 16 High 7:36 AM 7.4 4:38 PM Set 1:21 PM
~ 16 Low 2:36 PM 1.9
~ 16 High 8:27 PM 5.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.
~ The light is in your heart. It is pointless to seek elsewhere. The sacred mountain is in your heart. Everyone has a magic temple inside, just meditate inside.- Nan Huai Chin
~ Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities. W. Churchill
~ Affirmation – Stare at yourself, unflinchingly, and ask, “What do I choose today? Freedom, or the oppression of my soul?” – Thorn
~ Warriors strive to maximize their potential. Drugs limit your potential. There is no mystical import to chemically induced stupidity. – Kerr Cuhulain
The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in and scramble through as well as we can. – Robert Cushing (Robert Cushing Dennison) (1921-1998) American Colonel
Yule Travel Spell – To ensure that your luggage is not lost or stolen during the busy holiday travel season, make a small cloth pouch of orange fabric and write your full birth name on it. Stuff it with empowered herbs such as comfrey (to protect from theft), mugwort (to protect from loss or attack), and cumin (to give you peace of mind). Tie the talisman with blue string while visualizing the luggage being bound to you. Tie some of that same blue string on your left wrist until you safely reach your destination with all your luggage intact. By: Edain McCoy
Pre-Solstice Ritual Bath – During the Winter Solstice, we often place emphasis on celebrating and sharing this joyous, but often difficult, holiday. For Witches, however, now may also serve as a time to attune to a quiet, internal spirituality. To begin to do so (with the solstice less than ten days away now), prepare a ritual bath with oils of rosemary, pine, and orange. Add a touch of patchouli for grounding. Light gold and green candles, and immerse yourself in watery solitude to refresh your weary holiday spirit. Meditate on the winter goddess and her lesson of stillness. Find the cool and clean space she offers, free of clutter and activity. It is the season for centering and grounding ourselves, and for defining who we really are. After the bath, take your journal and write down your goals by candlelight. Contemplate the coming rebirth, and identify which direction you wish to channel your energy and focus your intentions. – By: Karri Allrich
Household Holiday Protection – November 26th, 2007 – Color of the day: Silver Incense of the day: Basil
You’ve already gotten your house ready for winter. The windows are insulated, drafts blocked, appropriate fuel laid in, and so forth. But you hear that cold, cold wind gnawing at the eaves, and you still shiver. So what can you do, magically, to make the house feel warmer? You’ll need a red candle, preferably scented with cinnamon. Light the candle and focus on its flame. Imagine a bubble of red light surrounding your home, and say:
Let the winds
of winter shout
As we shut
them safely out.
Let the winds
of winter wail
For this shield
will never fail.
Let the winds
of winter ride
While we all
stay safe inside.
Blow out the candle and keep it in a safe place through the season.
By: Elizabeth Barrette
I rarely ask for much. This year is no exception. I don’t need diamond earrings, handy slicer-dicers or comfy slippers. I only want one little thing, and I want it deeply.
I want to slap Martha Stewart. I get all cozy inside just thinking about it. Don’t grant this wish just for me, do it for the thousands of women across the country. Through sheer vicarious satisfaction, you’ll be giving a gift to us all.
Those of us leading average, garden variety lives aren’t concerned with gracious living. We feel pretty good about ourselves if our paper plates match when we stack them on the counter, buffet-style for dinner.
We’re tired of Martha’s showing us how to make centerpieces from holly hock dipped in 18 carat gold. We’re plumb out of liquid gold. Unless it’s of the furniture polish variety. We can’t whip up Martha’s creamy holiday sauce, spiced with turmeric. Most of us can’t even say turmeric, let alone figure out what to do with it.
Martha avoids take-out pizza (she’s only ordered it once), she refuses to eat it cold (No cold pizza? Is Martha Stewart living?) When it was pointed out that she could microwave it, she replied, “I don’t have a microwave.”
Martha has 40 sets of dishes adorning an entire wall in her home. Forty sets! Can you spell “overkill”? And neatly put away, no less. If my dishes make it to the dishwasher, that qualifies as “put away” in my house!
Martha tells us she’s already making homemade holiday gifts for friends. “Last year, I made amazing silk-lined scarves for everyone,” she boasts. Not just scarves, mind you, “Amazing scarves”. Martha’s obviously not shy about giving herself a little pat on the back. She goes on to tell us that ….”homemaking is glamour for the 90s”, and says her most glamorous friends are “interested in stain removal, how to iron a monogram, and how to fold a towel.” I have one piece of advice, “Martha, get new friends.”
There you have it, Santa. If there was ever someone who deserved a good smack, it’s Martha Stewart.
ho ho ho