Yesterday I was up at the usual time and it was quite sunny in between the broken clouds. As the day went on it git greyer and windier. I started the day with setting up newsletters for the next couple of weeks. It’s likely to get crazy, so I wanted to get ahead, so’s not to skimp y’all in case some of the schedule comes unstuck!
I’m also finalizing plans for some special workshops. I went to do this last week and then got sick…. But, I’m up and running again, so the Candles Day is on for this Saturday 12/5! We’ll be making
all kinds of candles, from molds to dip to containers, making herb-infused wax and using some of it, recycling wax, maybe even sand candles! If you bring a pound of used or broken candles, or any wax or crayons, you can take home one of the small container votives for free! …and yes, I have an accurate scale. 🙂 Any materials that you bring will get you some kind of discount on a class or candles. That would include containers (cup or less) , small mason jars (cup or less) with lids, straight-sided glass jars, used glass (no plastic) votive holders, even small wineglasses.
The other workshop is on 12/19 at 3pm. We’ll be making and sewing soft lollipop ornaments. They’re $1 each for all materials and tools and the dollar fee includes a 1 page pattern/instructions. If you just want to learn how to make them, or bring your own materials, no fee!
Phew! So I got the announcements up and right then we needed to head out to the bank to sort out our accounts. That took a couple of hours, since we needed to freeze one, open another, etc., etc.
When we got home Tempus got the strawberry pots that were being delivered and worked in the kitchen until time to head out. He was going to stop at a friend’s to do some chores, see Sash in Newport to give him a turkey sandwich since he couldn’t make it down for Thanksgiving, do some shopping and then the paper run.
Today I have my follow-up appointment on the surgery and we have a lot of paperwork to wade through.
Today ‘s featured products are from Cafe Press. We’re running out of time to get things for the holidays! They usually take 5-7 business days, but this is a busy time of year, plus shipping time can be longer than usual, so if you want something it might be a good idea to head over there soonest. http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight
I have over 30 designs up (although some similar themes are combined into one, e.g. pentacles). Cafe Press prints on everything from t-shirts in sizes 6x to newborn, long, short and no-sleeve, hoodies, pj’s, undies, jewelry, hats to pillows to blankets, shot glasses to coffee mugs to beer steins & hip flasks, computer, ipad & phone gear, cards, journals and calendars. They even print shower curtains! Not every design of mine suits every product, so if you see a design and can’t find a product type that you need, e-mail me and request it.
Also, we do custom designs. Mostly this would entail taking your photo (and I can start from scanning one!!!!) adding captions, sayings or “froufies” (such as a holiday or other border) and placing it on a specific product so that you can order it. Depending on the length of time that it takes me to get the product set up for you, it would cost between $10 and $80 for custom sets. I’ll give you an example… If you send me an electronic copy of a picture of your kids and request “We love you, G’ma!” for a caption on a coffee-mug, a pillow and a blanket, the art-work and set-up would take me about 40 minutes, or $10 (payable in advance, yes, you can use Paypal or plastic…) At that point you could go to our Cafe Press site to the “Custom” section and place your order through them for however many or few that you want. When you notify me that you’ve gotten the pieces that you want, I take the design back down, to protect your privacy, putting it in “hidden” status, so that if you want more pieces I don’t have to charge you again for custom work, simply re-activate the design. If I’m starting from custom art-work (yes, I do that) and you want a lot of different sizes and shapes of products, I can spend 6 or 8 hours ($80) getting that ready for you. E-mail me to discuss this at email@example.com .
These are real spools wound with embroidery floss (glued in place) turned into a wreath with a center ornament that is sewing themed. Some have pincushions or quilts. These are a little heavier than standard, but make good go-through-the-mail ornaments.
Today’s Plant is the Buttercup that flourishes in my area in two types, Ranunculus bulbosus (sometimes called. St Anthony’s Turnip) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_bulbosus and ,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculus_repens (called creeping buttercup or crowfoot) which is the variety in my garden. These are non-native plants and invasive, but not usually worried about too much, since they usually grow in grasslands and very poor soil, not suited for agriculture. Although the fresh plant is poisonous, the sap being used as a blistering agent for gout and rheumatism, the dried plant is safe for consumption. Tinctures of this plant have been used on shingles and infusions for “soremouth”. – Masculine, Mercury(Uranus), Fire – These are used in spells for tenacity & stubbornness, both to create and cure, and as a plant of fertility, possibly being the plant that the Flora gave Juno to use to get pregnant with Mars. Carry in sachets (dried flowers only) for fertility or the dried leaves for tenacity. This is also used for harmony and for Sight (and called Frog’s Foot) Use buttercup flower petals in magickal potpourris for spells regarding: divination, energy, innocence, prosperity, youth. Use buttercup in solar spells involving energy and prosperity.
…and, of course today is Hari-Kuyo. I’ll be honoring my needles today. Hari Kugo, the feast of Broken Needles, is celebrated today in Japan. Also called Daitosai, or Good-Luck Market it is celebrated from Nov 30 – Dec 11, honouring women’s crafts and tools. At Hikawa Shrine, Omiya, Saitama Prefecture, a large market is held selling good luck charms and many products. Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar I don’t remember where I read it, but there’s supposed to be a shrine where women take needles that have snapped and poke them into a ball of butter to “soothe their hurts”. I like that idea! I have this as the date, but going to look online, February 8 is usually listed. Hmmm…. anyway here’s a nice link: http://stitchtress.com/2010/02/08/hari-kuyo/ …and I love that picture!
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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 12/11 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. 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 12/6 at 5:29pm.
The last-quarter Moon rises in the east around 11 or midnight tonight. You’ll find it hanging below Regulus. About 50 minutes later, Jupiter rises below the Moon. By dawn on Thursday the 3rd, the three of them stand high in the south — while Venus blazes in the southeast.
Uranus (magnitude +5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southern sky during early evening. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune. – See more at: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/sky-at-a-glance/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-november-27-december-5/#sthash.VF5IQi5r.dpuf
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
W 2 High 5:33 AM 7.0 7:33 AM Set 12:26 PM 64
~ 2 Low 11:33 AM 3.2 4:38 PM Rise 11:53 PM
~ 2 High 4:57 PM 6.2
~ 2 Low 11:38 PM 1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You don’t have to stay up nights to succeed; you have to stay awake days.
~ You already have what you need. You already are what you need. – Alan Cohen
~ There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. – General Colin Powell
~ If you are going through hell, keep going. – W. Churchill
~ If death meant just leaving the stage long enough to change costume and come back as a new character…Would you slow down? Or speed up? ~ Chuck Palahniuk
Burn with the black flames of the Goddess Saturnine.
The Mighty Dead wept tears of blood into her cauldron cup so that we can wear the dark feathered cloak of truth.
Now we fly through the Abyss to weep the holy tears ourselves and burn.
Blessed be and be blessed in return. – Christopher Penczak
Yule Time/Christmas Scent simmering potpourri 3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
1 quart water
Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays! Just be careful to keep the heat turned low and the water topped up, else the house will smell like burned spices. Not a fun Yule scent!
You can also use this blend in a candle heated oil diffuser once it’s simmered for a bit.
Other spices can be used, such as allspice, star anise, nutmeg, ginger…. Use your imagination!
This is a good way to use up baking spices that are getting stale, or that have picked up codling moths during the summer.
Yule Oil – Put in soap or anoint candles
4 drops pine
3 drops cedarwood
3 drops cinnamon
2 drops frankincense
2 drops juniper
Add a pinch of dried pine needles from your tree with garnet, green tourmaline, and clear quartz crystals. A great Yule tree smell with the hint of log fires and spicy pomanders!
Yule Incense Recipe Spiritwolf & Silver Dove
- 2 Parts Frankincense
- 2 Parts Pine needles or resin
- 1 Part Cedar
- 1 Part Juniper Berries
Grind the Pine needles, dried juniper berries and Cedar together with a pestle (in a mortar), add frankincense and mix well before burning on charcoal in a fireproof container.
Winter Solstice Ritual Potpourri – Recipe by Gerina Dunwich
- 20 drops musk oil
- 25 drops pine oil
- 1 cup oak moss
- 2 cups dried mistletoe
- 1 cup dried poinsettia flowers
- 1 cup dried bayberries
- 1/2 cup dried rosemary
- 1/2 cup dried holly leaves and berries
- 3 crushed pinecones
Mix the musk and pine oils with the oak moss, and then add the remaining ingredients. Stir the potpourri well and store in a tightly covered ceramic or glass container.
(The above recipe for “Winter Solstice Ritual Potpourri” is quoted directly from Gerina Dunwich’s book “The Wicca Spellbook: A Witch’s Collection of Wiccan Spells, Potions and Recipes”, page 164, A Citadel Press Book, Carol Publishing Group, 1994/1995)