I haven’t seen much of the weather this weekend, with pretty much all of the event being held indoors, but it’s been chill and misty. Tonight’s drive home might be interesting. It’s right around 45F here in Eugene and at the coast with rain chances rising as the day goes on, just as we’re packing out, of course.
Yesterday was another crazy day. Good crazy, but crazy. Tempus spent the day in the merchant’s row. Marius was in his element as a Roman, swanning around in a toga all day. 🙂 Hatch got to a fighting workshop and got to talk to the chef again. Travis had fun wandering around, helping people and enjoying all the sights and sounds.
I went straight to the merchant’s room in the morning and got the rest of my class things (and forgot 1/2 of what I wanted to bring!), but got my coif on and headed for the first meeting. We ended up with only 2 of us for Embellisher’s, but had a great time talking over casting and embroidery. 2nd meeting was the new Apothecary guild and my skills with herbs are going to be useful. 🙂 The Guild was chartered yesterday, which is a big thing. The banner that was one of my sewing projects last week saw its intended use. My class went really well. 17 students, when I had intended to only teach 10… The sampler demo had one student. Well…. I went back to the merchant room after that, working in the booth, explaining my embroidery stuff to various people and then did a round of visits around to friends. We got Marius as new mug that says, “Not my circus, not my monkeys!” in Latin. 🙂
Apparently the buffet was great! Rowan Spinner, Tammi and Marius came back from dinner just stuffed and happy. We all got to visit for awhile and Hatch presented the mug to Marius and when Rowan got “summoned” by her Laurel, all took off for a party. Tempus and I stayed in to get some sleep and I did a little writing.
Today is the last day. There are meetings in the morning. I have the 2nd 1/2 of the class at 10am and Tempus is going to be merchanting again. After that I have go take down my A&S display, and we’re supposed to be done with the merchant stuff and down and gone by 4pm. At that point the clean-up starts….
Because this one bears repeating….
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here:http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
On today’s date in 1783 London’s River Thames froze over and a ‘Frost Fair’ was held on the frozen river. It has been said that 3,000,000 people attended. A Frost Fair is a nearly spontaneous celebration held only when a major river freezes as it did in that year and in a number of others in that century. In one they walked an elephant across the ice! “From 1400 into the 19th century, there were 24 winters in which the Thames was recorded to have frozen over at London; if “more or less frozen over” years (in parentheses) are included, the number is 26: 1408, 1435, 1506, 1514, 1537, 1565, 1595, 1608, 1621, 1635, 1649, 1655, 1663, 1666, 1677, 1684, 1695, 1709, 1716, 1740, (1768), 1776, (1785), 1788, 1795, and 1814. ” (Wikipedia) More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_frost_fairs
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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 at the Tide Change on 1/20 at 5:14pm. 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 1/13 at 1:46am.
Look for Comet Lovejoy — if you look within an hour or two after dark (for most of the world’s mid-northern latitudes). The comet is in its brightest two weeks at 5th or 4th magnitude. But you’ll have to know exactly the correct point in the sky to examine! See our updated article with finder chart: How To See Comet Lovejoy Tonight.
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 Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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 11 High 4:28 AM 7.2 7:51 AM Set 10:54 AM 73
~ 11 Low 10:39 AM 2.8 4:58 PM Rise 11:42 PM
~ 11 High 4:08 PM 6.1
~ 11 Low 10:28 PM 1.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The real measure of your wealth is how much you would be worth if you lost all your money.
~ Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. – William Shakespeare
~ Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. – Tagore
~ Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best. – Bob Talbert
~ When you knock, ask to see God – none of the servants. – Henry David Thoreau
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond. – Rumi (The Essential Rumi, versions by Coleman Barks)
Brigit’s Bed – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/bed.html
- Basket, wood box, or doll cradle
- Padding to make receptacle like a bed
- Figure to represent the goddess Brigit
- Figure to represent the god (any god)
- Nuts (optional)
Dress up the basket, box, or cradle like a bed, and make it comfortable. Put it by the fireplace or the most desirable, warm spot in the house, as if you were waiting for a visitor to lie in it. Make a figurine to represent Brigit; this can be made with a bundle of oats, rushes, straw, or any grain or craft material fashioned into a loop or slightly human shape, and can be simple or ornate, and even can be decorated with clothes of any sort, preferably white with red ribbons. (One traditional adornment is a sparkling crystal around her neck.) You can make a god figurine by making a fruitwood wand with a pinecone attached to the end, decorated with ribbons, or any male-oriented symbol that works for you.
Place the Brigit’s Bed in the most inviting, warmest place in the house and imagine that you will really be visited by Brigit, the night before or night of Imbolc. Leave an aromatic, hot snack out for her by the bed. As you invite the spirit of the goddess to inhabit the bed, ask for her blessings of fertility and healing. Put the dolly in the bed, and offer the company of the god-wand. For an extra ounce of fertility blessing, the wand can be crossed like an X over the dolly to form the Norse rune Gifu. Add nuts to the bed to stimulate fertility. Use the Brigit dolly as a talisman of protection and fertility through the winter, and either recycle her for Lughnasadh or return her to the earth if she is made of grain.
Imbolc Priapic Wand – Source unknown
Children will love the sound of this magical wand as they walk about pointing and shaking it at plants and trees, invoking them to wake up from Winter’s sleep to witness the union of the Bride and the Lord of the Forest.
**PARENTAL SUPERVISION REQUIRED!**
- Small Tree Branch
- Thin Brown String or Thread
- Yellow, Green, and Gold 1/4″ Ribbon
- Small Gold/Silver Jingle Bells.
- Select a small branch about 1/2″ to 3/4″ in diameter.
- Cut top end flat.
- Approx. 1/2″ below top score a groove (parents only) with a sharp knife.
- Take 1′ long piece of string/thread and tie in groove.
- Take another 1′ piece of thread and tie in groove on opposite side of branch.
- Place acorn at top of branch (flat end) and adhere with some glue.
- Now pull the string up over the cap and wind once around acorn.
- Repeat with all 3 other pieces of string.
- Pull strings back down to the groove in the branch and tie off. This will hold the acorn in place.
- Decorate the branch by wrapping it with the ribbons, leaving enough length at top for streamers.
- Tie gold/silver jingle bells to the ends of the ribbons.
- For smaller children, thread the bells onto the ribbon while wrapping the branch.
Tell the children about how the acorn-wand is a symbol of the Lord of the Forest, and how this magical wand helps the sleeping plants and animals wake up and prepare for Spring.
Candlemas Candle Wheel – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cndlweel.html
- Craft wreath
- Eight white candles
- Ivy leaves or vines
- Glue gun
Either drill thick holes into the wreath so that candles can be placed inside, or just secure them with screw-bottom candleholders or glue gun glue. Place the ivy leaves around in a decorative fashion.
The eight candles are symbolic of the eight spokes of the year, and spinning the circle into motion at Imbolc is important. In ritual, the candles can be solemnly lit with a cauldron or bowl placed in the middle of the candle wheel. The cauldron or bowl can have the Wish Tree in the middle of it, with water all around it, and have new pennies thrown into it while cementing the wishes. Also the tree and the candle wheel can be toasted.