It’s chilly this morning, only 43F and very quiet. It’s been relatively dry and I got smacked in the face with sunlight going into the bathroom, but by the time I was in the study the clouds had closed back in. We got almost 1/3 of an inch of rain yesterday, but today should be drier.
I just took it really easy yesterday. I didn’t feel well…that’s not uncommon when I’ve been pushing myself pretty hard…. crashing on the first day that I can. <sigh> Apparently I’ve had a migraine, obviously low-level, for several days.
So, I didn’t really get moving until way late. We had coffee with our new bread with butter and the fancy German sour-cherry jam (which tastes like real cherry jam to me! …talk about childhood imprinting….) Eventually Tempus got around to waffles and omelets and we kinda waved a bunch of books around. Robyne had gotten me a copy of Wier’s 6 Wives of Henry VIII and we got him a pair of books on radiography of shells and microscopic views of beach sand. He gave Tempus a pair of books on sundials and we all curled up in our various spots to read for the rest of the day. By 10pm I had finished my biography of Catherine Howard and was working on Weir. I tried to go to sleep just before 1am and an asthma attack nailed me right then, so I was up awhile. Well, at least I don’t need to be at the shop today! It’s good having a rest.
Goodness knows that we’re going to be busy enough over the next couple of weeks. Enough so, that when the alarm woke me I didn’t go back to sleep. My head is buzzing with all that needs to get done! What I’m hoping is that I can get this written and out, maybe get a few entries on the to-do list and then go curl back up. I’m hoping to make some soup today. Well, we’ll see. I really don’t want to be as flattened today and I’ve got that stuff to get used up.
Tempus has already been to the store. We were really short on coffee and I was thinking about making cabbage rolls, but it looks like he’s going to make burgers, instead. We also need to clean out the fridge (part of the impulse for soup) and I’d like to get a bit more of the plasticware put where it’s supposed to be.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. Those frosts earlier this month seem to have killed it right down to the ground. It’s a perennial, so it’ll be back in the spring. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Boxing Day is mostly a British tradition where gifts are given to tradesmen and people in the “service jobs”. It’s also a huge shopping day, like our Black Friday. When I was a kid, this was the day that we sent cards and tips to folks like the milkman and Grandma’s hairdresser. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day
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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 at the Full on 1/4 at 8:53pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 12/26 at 5:36am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/28 at 10:31am.
This is the time of year when Orion shines in the east-southeast after dinnertime. He’s well up now, but his three-star Belt is still nearly vertical. The Belt points up toward Aldebaran and, even higher, the Pleiades. In the other direction, it points down to where bright Sirius is about to rise.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are in the south and southwest, respectively, right after dark. Use binoculars or a small telescope and our finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
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
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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Celtic Tree Month of 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 three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. 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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
F 26 High 3:45 AM 7.9 7:51 AM Rise 10:55 AM 18
~ 26 Low 9:37 AM 2.3 4:43 PM Set 10:44 PM
~ 26 High 3:18 PM 7.7
~ 26 Low 9:57 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make friends wherever you go…and cherish the ones you have.
~ Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it. – Truman Capote (1924-1984) US writer
~ Every time we pray our horizon is altered, our attitude to things is altered, not sometimes, but every time, and the amazing thing is that we don’t pray more. – Oswald Chambers
~ Mountaintops inspire leaders but valleys mature them. – Winston Churchill
~ I am easily satisfied with the very best. – Winston Churchill
She calls at the crossroads
A small light melody,
Come to me, my children
come and learn from me.
As she waits
a man goes by studying the ground.
Come to me she softly calls
I’ll show you what I’ve found.
The man, rubbing his ears, swiftly passes by
Hurriedly he heads for home; the work day’s end draws nigh.
As the man’s dust settles down
She sings her precious song
Soon a lady bustles by, fretting some unknown wrong.
Come to me she calls so soft,
I’ll show you what to do.
I can give you help and love
and cure what bothers you.
The lady frets and wrings her hands and
hurriedly moves away.
I’ll come back tomorrow to hear what you have to say.
So the Lady sighs and sings her melody
and soon she is joined in by a little maple tree.
Now the birds and grass sing the Lady’s song
We must stop and listen if we’re to join along. – Written and Submitted By Nitefetch © 2002
Magick – Some unusual customs of the season
In Catholic Countries, such as Poland, St. Andrew’s Day Eve falls on November 30th and divinations are normally done on that night.
Fortunetelling on St Andrew’s Day revives pagan past despite Christian tradition
Dec 9, 2010 at 23:41 | Tetyana Boychenko
The weather forecast for Dec.12 is sunshine and snow with the temperature dropping below 10C at night. If that’s all you wanted to know in advance, then you may as well stop reading because this story is about fortunetelling.
According to the old tradition, the afterhours of Dec.12 – 13 are the best time to mess with Mother Nature and get some valuable information out of it.
Called Saint Andrew’s Day, it’s celebrated in many European countries.
In Scotland, Greece, and Romania, one of Christ’s 12 disciples – Andrew, is honored in church prayers, pubs and even a bank holiday, depending on where you go.
In Ukraine and some other countries of continental Europe, however, the holiday is associated more with magic than religion.
The reason is quite simple: With the advent of Christianity, churches adopted some elements of cult and folk tradition to coerce pagans into the new religion.
This didn’t work much with St. Andrew’s Day, previously known as the Kalyta holiday, celebrating the sun fading away at the end of autumn.
In some parts of western Ukraine, some old traditions are still alive and kicking.
Methods are many: from throwing a boot over a rooftop to whispering chants in candlelight.
The goal is simple though: to find out who’ll be your husband.
Here are some fortune-telling rituals for single women easy to perform in the city setting:
– On separate pieces of paper, write 12 wishes and put them under your pillow. In the morning, pull out any three and they are the ones supposed to come true.
– If you want a spookier ceremony, place one big and one small mirror in front of one another with candles in between. Keep looking into the big mirror, without taking your eyes off it. At midnight, say: “My betrothed come to me!” You are then supposed to see a long corridor lit by the candles on both sides. Try to remember some items in this image as they can give you a clue to your future and your fiancee.
– Or you may want to take a piece of paper and partially burn it on a plate. It may get a bit tricky, but what you need next is to place ashes between a lamp and the wall. The shape of its shadow may give you a clue what to expect in the future.
Most likely modern men wouldn’t bother betting on ash shadows or mirrors to know what’s coming for them next. Neither did their ancestors.
They resorted to more manly and fun things such as stealing neighbors’ carts and horses. In 2010, men are more likely to blow off steam in night clubs and pubs.
Speaking about parties, it was traditional to attend a Ukrainian-style home gathering on St. Andrew’s called vechornytsi.
Back then, the venue was the house of a well-respected woman in the village, who was trusted by other elders to chaperon the youth.
Prior to the party, each girl had to cook varenyky (stuffed dumplings) and decorate them with intricate patterns. Placed on a traditional embroidered towel, they were first offered to a dog.
The girl whose varenyk was eaten first was considered the one to get married first.
Another archaic attribute of the holiday was a big round honey cake with a whole in the middle called kalyta.
It symbolized the earth and the sun.
Young men brought ribbons and sweets to offer in exchange for the cake.
After some bargaining, the women would suspend kalyta on the red ribbon attached to a long stick.
Lads were expected to answer quiz questions and then compete in biting the bread.
The man who managed to answer the trickiest questions and bite off the biggest chunk off kalyta was believed to be ready to get married.
Christian Orthodox churches largely disapprove of these pagan celebrations. Holding festive masses on Dec. 12, they remember disciple Andrew in prayer who’s believed to have brought Christianity to Ukraine, the Kyivan Rus at that time.
…and just one more awful Christmas pun….