Bright sunshine poured golden over the mountains just as I got settled in my study. 35F and breezy. This is likely to be the last of this glorious weather so take some time to appreciate!
Yesterday was a busy day. It went by fairly quickly because we had a lot of people in. Tempus cut a new needle blank and started working on another needle. I started with setting out the ornaments to go up and then discovered very quickly that I would start to hurt if I tried to hang them up, so that’s waiting for today.
I was more tired than on Friday and with so many folks in shopping I didn’t get very far on some of the herb products or on printing headers or on the candle pieces. I’m hoping that I’ll have a bit more energy today for doing the molding. Late in the day I settled in with a bunch of pouches, getting a *lot* strung. I did managed to get the thyme that I had harvested set up for drying and a little way towards cleaning up enough to start the candle pieces.
Tempus had been dozy all day, even staggering a bit when it really got overwhelming. After we got home, he made supper (turkey sandwiches and a lovely veggie plate of jicama, carrots, snow and snap peas and greens) and then crashed hard. I napped a bit and then got back up to write. The moon was just rising and the light falling through the study window, a bright, silver lopsided lump!
The pix I did of the reindeer gift basket didn’t turn out for some reason. I must have had the camera on the wrong setting…. so pix tomorrow, I hope! It’s a $25 basket with yule incense, black copal, celtic blend incense granules, charcoal, sand, a shell candle, red, yellow and white 4″ spell candles, ivy leaves on red 3″ pillar candle, plus a fun holiday sticky as a tail on a reindeer basket! We also have the toy gift baggies set out and some baskets of various holiday goodies like keychains, yoyos and photo insert ornaments and pins.
Today I don’t know if I’ll have any young folks for class, but we’ll be down there early and open around the normal time. The drawing for the necklace is at 5pm. Have you gotten your name in? The afternoon is the Project Day, so I’m going to be working on candles and then some sewing.
Today’s ornament is a whole set. A bagful! Handmade by me and edges with eyelet with ribbon hangers, these are soft ornaments that won’t hurt cat nor child if they fall off the tree and get batted around the room. They’re not baby-chew safe, though. This is a 14-piece set for $32 in a matching bag!
Here’s a pic from Facebook by Milwaukee-based Michael Bernhardt of a perfectly timed storm wave on Lake Michigan.
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. It grows well in the park behind the house. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
The eve of St Andrew’s Day – Some marriage-related superstitions have become part of Saint Andrew’s feast day, November 30, and some on the eve. In some parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, young women would write down the names of potential husbands on little pieces of paper and stick these into little pieces of dough, called halušky. These are a dumpling. When cooked, the first one to float to the surface of the water would reveal the name of their future husband. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Andrew%27s_day#St._Andrew.27s_Eve
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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 12/10 at 2:29am. 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 12/2 at 11:40pm.
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
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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 29 High 3:01 AM 7.4 7:30 AM Set 10:41 AM 89
~ 29 Low 8:31 AM 2.9 4:39 PM Rise 8:52 PM
~ 29 High 2:14 PM 8.2
~ 29 Low 9:11 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life can be as simple as love and prayer. Where the two mingle there can be no jealousy, resentment, or fear.
~ His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best. – Aeschylus
~ Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars…. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community
~ A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. – John Barrymore
~ The flower that follows the sun does so even on cloudy days. – Robert Leighton
Nodding at the world,
Wide eyed, smiling
They are filled with the wisdom of innocence.
As long as they are content
They view the world with smiles
Reflecting the joy they still remember.
One day if they are lucky
They will again smile like this.
Between now and then many years will come and go. – Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert http://www.heartwingsandfriends.com
Symbolism – Rebirth of the Sun, The longest night of the year, The Winter Solstice, Introspect, Planning for the Future.
Symbols – Yule log, or small Yule log with 3 candles, evergreen boughs or wreaths, holly, ivy, fir trees, mistletoe hung in doorways, gold pillar candles, baskets of clove studded fruit, a simmering pot of wassail, poinsettias, christmas cactus.
Deities – Goddesses-Brighid, Isis, Demeter, Gaea, Diana, The Great Mother. Gods-Apollo, Ra, Odin, Lugh, The Oak King, The Horned One, The Green Man, The Divine Child, Mabon, Hathor, Hecate, Neith, Athene, Minerva, Ixchel, Osiris, Norns, Fates
Foods – Cookies and caraway cakes soaked in cider, Yule Cake (rich fruit cake), fruits, nuts, pork dishes, turkey, eggnog, ginger tea, mulled wine, spiced cider. Include many that have solar symbolism. Cookies are round like the sun, eggnog is golden and fertile, gingerbread is hot and spicy, and fruitcake bears red and orange highlights. As a side, try a little flaming brandy to warm you up
Incense – Pine, cedar, bayberry, cinnamon
Scents – violet, patchouli, rose geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
Colours – Red, green, white or gold, silver, yellow, orange or blood red, white and black
Herbs – Bayberry, thistle, evergreen, frankincense, holly, ivy, laurel, mistletoe, oak, pine, sage, yellow cedar, holly, English ivy, fir
Flowers – holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus
Trees – pine, fir, holly
Nature Spirits – snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
Animals – mouse, deer, horse, bear
Birds – rook, robin, snowy owl
Stones – Rubies, bloodstones, garnets, emeralds, diamonds, serpentine, jacinth, peridot
Activities – Caroling, wassailing the trees, burning the Yule log, decorating the Yule tree, exchanging of presents, kissing under the mistletoe, honoring Kris Kringle (more commonly known nowadays as Santa Claus) the Germanic Pagan God of Yule.
Suggested Altar Decorations – Use a Green Altar cloth, with green and red God and Goddess candles. Decorate the Altar with evergreens, holly and ivy, fir tree boughs, and possibly your Yule Log. Use Ale or Mulled wine and rich fruit cake for your Cakes and Ale feast.
Power Flow – to endure, die, be reborn; Earth tides turning. Darkness. Personal alchemy. Spiritual paths – Reach out to friends and family, the lonely and needy.
Spellworkings of Yule – Peace, harmony, love, and increased happiness.