48F is already past the forecast high. For the next several days were going to see temps dropping, especially at night, since it’s going to clear up a bit. It should be great weather for some atmospheric effects around the Sun, Moon and Stars. Right now it’s kinda drippy.
Yesterday both Tempus and I had lists of things to get done. We both kept pecking away at them all day in between customers. I only got as far as cleaning the back table and Tempus watering the plants right at the end of the day! ….and that was 4th on my list. Oof. I got some pouches strung, some fabric paint bits finished, the bottles and jars in the compounding station re-organized, which entailed some cleaning up, heather processed and put away and fennel headered and fennel seed bagged…. It doesn’t sound like much, but it took all day and my feet hurt at the end of it.
Robyne had bashed his head good and proper on the car in the morning and wasn’t feeling so hot all day. Travis wandered in, dripping, wandered over to the grocery and came back with a *huge* sandwich…. a full-size 10-serving party sandwich… and ate the whole thing. 🙂 I used to have that kind of an appetite…. Hatch got back from Marius and Rowan’s late in the afternoon and then headed up to the house.
Tempus made some of his delicious burgers for supper and we read for awhile until he dropped off. I talked books with Hatch and then turned in myself, having finished my Weir book earlier in the evening.
Today there is no morning Wicca 101, but the historical recreation group will be at the shop during the afternoon, at least eventually… Most of them are starting the day at Marius’ shop space up in Newport.
…and today is a milestone for Tempus and me. Our youngest child turns 21 today. Happy Birthday, Anton!
Just because awwwww…
I saw this picture and went, “Oh, *yes*!” It’s a much better version of one of the common things that we talk about, perspective, better than the tired old cliche of moss on a tree.
Today’s plant is Blue Elderberry, Sambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede-poem. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.” From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_cerulea orhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus
Kwanzaa, African-American holiday (Dec 26 – Jan 1); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) This is the 3rd day of this modern festival for those of African heritage. There’s a really good article explaining the traditions and where they come from here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa
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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. 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. 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 at the Full on 1/3 at 8:53am.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
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
Su 28 High 5:26 AM 8.1 7:52 AM Rise 12:01 PM 39
~ 28 Low 11:54 AM 1.9 4:44 PM
~ 28 High 5:36 PM 6.3
~ 28 Low 11:43 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am discovering how Wonder Full I am. I choose to Love and Enjoy My Self.
~ A man feared that he might find an assassin; Another that he might find a victim. One was wiser than the other. – Stephen Crane (1871-1900) US writer
~ Daring is about going beyond what we can perceive. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ The smallest feline is a masterpiece. – Da Vinci
~ With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing. – Catherine de Hueck Doherty
When you’re lying awake with a dismal headache,
and repose is tabooed by anxiety,
I concede you may use any language you choose
to indulge in without impropriety. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
O hippo mother,
Crocodilian on your back
like a shawl
as you walk across the zodiac.
Teeth like fenceposts,
Horned and hooved
And feared by canid
and Selkit scorpion
Blue in the night sky,
Pillar of the gods,
As Isis rules the day
Rules the night.
Mother of stars,
Encapsuled of starlight,
Eater of the Pole Star.
Deathless caiman of
obsidian, lapis, dark,
Swallower of souls
that we shoot into the
sky in obsolete iron.
Judged on Ma’at’s feather,
Whether or not
to return. By: Denise Dumars, , Llewellyn and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast