It’s 53F and overcast. The rain has stopped for the moment, but will be back in a couple of hours. We got most of an inch of rain, yesterday and about another 1/4 inch this morning, so far.
Yesterday was a very long day, but very, very productive. That was a *lot* of workshops! I put all the pix in a gallery, rather than writing it all up. I’m tired! 🙂
<<<<<< Flicker, saw three of these the other morning, scavenging in the crocosmia bed. <<<<<<<<<
Tempus just finished his paper route, so he’ll stop for doughnuts and we’ll have those with coffee for our Sunday treat. Today we have Wicca 101 at 9:30, if the young folks show up. At Noon House Capuchin’s project day will be going on for the rest of the day. That’s going to be candles, balls and getting things ready for largesse and Alpine Scholar things.
One of the 4″ cornucopias that we have for ornaments. There are a number of patterns of these and range in price from $1-$4. They’re great for dropping candies and little gifts into, not so good for packages and shipping, since they crush.
Today’s Plant is Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum. Best known as “pie plant” or in strawberry and rhubarb jam this is a wonderful and nutritious stalk vegetable, that has been legally counted as a fruit, because of its uses. The roots have been used as a laxative for thousands of years, and the stalks, while strong-tasting when uncooked and with no sugar are delicious in sauces, pies, jellies, juice and so on, but the leaves are poisonous. It is very easy to grow since the roots will over-winter, even if the stalks die back and it’s one of the earliest vegetables to be harvestable. – Feminine, Venus Earth. – Wear a dried piece to help with stomach or gut pain and general protection. The pie served to a mate helps to maintain fidelity and is an aphrodisiac, especially when combined with strawberries.
If you ever wondered why Old Nick and St. Nick…. The bishop of Myra destroyed the temple of Artemis whose feast day was Dec. 6. He supposedly punched Arius in the face during the Council of Nicea**. Not the nicest guy… and quite a number of the Continental folklore of The Black Gentleman resembles the stories of this bishop. The Krampus, Cert or SwartPiet has taken on some of the punishment aspects of this guy. The orange in the toe of the stocking is the old Sun-symbol from the strenae, the green, gift-bearing branches of old Rome. Candy canes are the bishop’s crozier or shepherd’s crook.
**The “Arian Heresy” that Nicolas objected to is the contention that Jesus was created by God, not the same as God. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arian_heresy
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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 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 12/9 at 5:29pm.
By about 10 p.m. now (depending in how far east or west you live in your time zone), the dim Little Dipper hangs straight down from Polaris.
Before and during dawn tomorrow morning the 7th, Venus and the crescent Moon pair beautifully close together in the southeast, Venus will about a degree away from the moon at dawn. The moon will move to occult Venus over most of North America around noon EST, a good opportunity to locate Venus in the daytime sky. The Moon occults Venus in broad daylight for essentially all of North and Central America.
Comet Catalina (C/2013 US10) is running about a magnitude fainter than predicted now that it’s emerging into view low in the east at dawn. So it’s on track to glow at 6th magnitude, not 5th, as it climbs high into the predawn eastern sky through December and January. See the December Sky & Telescope, page 45, or Get a Predawn Peek of Comet Catalina. With finder chart. This is a pic from August 18th. Saturn is hidden deep in the sunrise.
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 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
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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 6 Low 2:20 AM 2.5 7:38 AM Rise 2:47 AM 27
~ 6 High 8:41 AM 7.6 4:37 PM Set 2:17 PM
~ 6 Low 3:37 PM 1.4
~ 6 High 9:35 PM 5.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – People are more violently opposed to fur than to leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.
~ If slaughterhouses had glass walls the whole world would be vegetarian. – Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
~ If there really is a God who created the entire universe with all of its glories, and He decides to deliver a message to humanity, He WILL NOT use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle. – Dave Barry
~ When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. – Sri Chinmoy Ghose
~ By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher… and that is a good thing for any man. – Socrates
Can You Imagine? (For the Child in All of Us) by Robert F. Potts © 1996
Can you imagine a world without witches,
A world with all people the same?
Where the only known dragons are hiding in books,
And children are terribly tame?
A world without magic would be sad indeed.
I cannot imagine the pain
Of having a world where there’s no Santa Claus,
Where wizards are searched for in vain.
Can you imagine a world without spells,
That science and businesses run?
And think of the sadness a unicorn feels
When he no longer plays in the sun.
Can you imagine a world without witches,
No elves, and no magical pools?
And can you imagine how dull it would be
If all that we had were the schools?
I cannot imagine a world without witches,
A world with no magical wand.
A world without beauty, or even a dream,
Or a wood sprite of whom to be fond.
They say I should grow up and be more mature,
Like a normal adult ought to do.
But I’d rather, at night, go to dance with a witch,
And I’ll bet that you feel that way, too.
Yule Magick – Ten Magical Gifts to Share for Yule – about.com – By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide
Want to give your friends and family a magical gift? Why not make something for them that shows you really care? Here are some of the simplest magical items to make — you can put these together ahead of the Yule season, and give them out to those you care about.
Tarot Box – If you’ve got a set of Tarot cards that you’d like to keep safe, one of the best ways you can store them is in a special box. This easy craft project is one you can make either for yourself, or as a gift for a friend. If you like, make a bunch of them, choosing a personalized card for each of your coven-mates. Perhaps your HPS would enjoy a box with the High Priestess on it, or someone new to the path might relate to the symbolism of the Fool. Be creative – you can even fill the box with a new Tarot deck, or stock it with crystals, herbs, and other magical items.
Incense – For thousands of years, people have used fragrant flowers, plants, and herbs as incense. Using smoke to send prayers out to the gods is one of the oldest known forms of ceremony. From the censers of the Catholic church to the Pagan bonfire rituals, incense is a powerful way to let your intent be known. You can make your own quite easily, using a blend of herbs, flowers, wood bark, resins, and berries. Most of these are items you can grow yourself, find in the woods, or purchase inexpensively. Make a selection of different scents and blends, bottle or bag them up, and give them to friends in a decorative basket, along with an incense burner or some charcoal discs.
Magical Oils – Our ancestors used oils in ceremony and ritual hundreds and even thousands of years ago. Because many essential oils are still available, we can continue making our own blends today. In the past, oils were created by placing oil or fat over a heat source, and then adding fragrant herbs and flowers to the oil. Many companies today offer synthetic oils at a fraction of the cost of essential oils (essential oils are the ones actually extracted from a plant). However, for magical purposes it’s best to use authentic, essential oils — these contain the magical properties of the plant, which synthetic oils do not have. Put together a few vials of different oils, such as Blessing Oil or Money Oil, and include them in a spell basket for a friend.
Herb Collection – Herbs have been used for thousands of years, both medicinally and ritually. Every herb has its own unique characteristics, and these properties are what makes the plant special. Subsequently, many Wiccans and Pagans use herbs as part of their regular ritual practice. Why not put some together for a friend? You can pot fresh ones in a planter, or dry a selection and put them in pretty bags and bottles. To figure out which herbs you want to use, for which purpose, be sure to read about Magical Herb Use.
Portable Altar Kit – Got a friend or coven-mate who travels a lot? Put together a portable altar kit. You can include anything you like in it — find a nice box or bag, and fill it with magical goodies. It’s easy to do, and it makes it a snap to just grab-and-go on your way out the door!
Candles – Candle magic is one of the simplest forms of spell casting. Considered sympathetic magic, it’s a method which doesn’t require a lot of fancy ritual or expensive ceremonial artifacts. In other words, anyone with a candle can cast a spell. So why not make some candles to give as gifts? It’s not hard to do, if you’ve got a little bit of free time. You can make spell-specific candles, such as a Prosperity Candle, or you can create a candle for a Moon Ritual. If you’re not sure which one you like, why not try just some simple poured candles with different scents and colors?
Besoms and Brooms – The besom is the traditional witch’s broom. It’s associated with all kinds of legend and folklore, including the popular notion that witches fly around in the night on a broomstick. The besom is a great addition to your collection of magical tools — it’s used in many traditions as a method of cleansing or purifying a space. Why not make one to give to someone who means a lot to you?
Altar Cloths – Many Pagans and Wiccans choose to use an altar cloth. It tends to serve multiple purposes — first of all, it protects your work surface from scratches and wax dropples during ritual. It also is a great way to decorate seasonally — perhaps a green cloth for the spring, or a brown one in the fall. You can make a simple altar cloth by cutting a three- to five-foot square of material and hemming all four sides. Or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, create our Elemental Altar Cloth so the people on your gift list can celebrate the four natural elements!
Yule Ornaments – Ornaments make a great gift for your Pagan or Wiccan friends, because there are so few commercially-made ornaments with a Pagan flair. Mix up a batch of Salt Dough, use your cookie cutters, and create your own ornaments that your friends can bake and hang. For a quick and kid-friendly idea, make a bundle of Pipecleaner Pentacles to share, or go out in the woods and gather up some of earth’s goodies to make Pinecone Ornaments. Put them all in a pretty tin, tie a ribbon around the top, and share with the people on your gift list.
Coven Banner – If you’d like to give a gift to your entire group instead of (or in addition to) individual people, why not make a coven banner? If your group or coven attends public events, it’s not a bad idea to have your own banner. You can hang this up so people know who you are, and it also helps to make you look a bit more organized — groups with a logo or banner appear more “official” to some folks. Anyway, making your own banner is a great magical project — think of the energy you can put into a creation like this! If you’re not part of an established tradition, don’t worry – you can still make one of these — select a logo for yourself, or for the deities you honor, or for your family’s heritage.
More Magical Gifts to Make – Looking for more magical gifts to make and share? Check out our additional list which includes baked goods, hand-sewn projects, clay creations, and more! More Magical Yule Gifts
Silliness – The Tate Family – You may have heard of the Tate Family. Members of this family attend every group.
There is Dic Tate who wants to run everything.
Ro Tate tries to change things — whether they need it or not.
Agi Tate stirs up trouble whenever possible.
She gets a helping hand from her brother, Irri Tate.
Devas Tate loves to interrupt whatever is happening.
And Poten Tate wants to be the big shot.
When new ideas are suggested, Hesi Tate and Vegi Tate are quick to say why they will not possibly work.
Imi Tate would rather copy others than try something new.