“The wet week will continue in the Pacific Northwest as the next storm in a line of storms will renew rain and high elevation snow. Many areas of the Northwest have already received over a foot or more of rainfall already, but the storms over the next few days will transition to more or a snowfall event through the weekend. Flooding will remain a concern as several rivers have already reached flood stage with much more precipitation to come.” from WeatherUnderground
Yesterday was a long slog. I spent most of the day trying to write and being driven nuts by Tempus batting in and out. He was running errands and we needed to discuss various things, but it made it difficult, so I was catching up on mail and
The weather was amazing. I didn’t end up out in it, unlike Tempus, but the rain lashing across the skylights and pounding on the roof and the thrashing trees told me a lot. In the evening we started to get some stronger gusts and things pounded the house. Goodness know what it was. We’ll find out today, although shining a flashlight into the front yard it looked like a trashcan had gotten loose and maybe a chunk of tree.
I did manage to get some good writing time in the early evening and then faded as my energy ran out, so I set up newsletters instead and turned in early, not that I slept! With Tempus still out in the storm, we got to sleep at 2:30 after he got back.
Today I’m heading to a friend’s to do some baking for the weekend and the holiday. Tempus is going to be working at the house, sorting paperwork and hopefully getting somewhere on the kitchen.
Another Ken Gagne photo from yesterday of our wild ocean.
One more of the little stitched pillow ornaments.
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
In the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire, Rome itself was taken over by the Ostrogoths, one of the many sacks of the city that happened. On this day in 536, Belisarius, a brilliant general recaptured the city. He managed to depose the Pope during all this….. He also fought the Vandals earlier and helped keep the invasion of the Kutrigurs from taking over the Eastern Empire later in his career. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belisarius
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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. 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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/10 at 2:29am.
How well do you think you know the deep-sky scenery in Cassiopeia? Explore some telescopic sights you may never have heard of with Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders article, photos and charts in the December Sky & Telescope, page 50. For starters, Iota Cas (the star you hit when you extend the fainter end of Cassiopeia’s W pattern) is a nice triple star at 100× in any telescope with a 3-inch aperture or larger.
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.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter continue their display in the east before and during dawn. Venus is the lowest and brightest, shining at magnitude –4.2. Jupiter, high to the upper right, is –2.0, and Mars, between them, is much fainter at +1.5. Watch the line lengthening. Venus is descending; Jupiter and Mars are moving higher. So is Spica; watch it pass to the right of Venus this week.
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
W 9 Low 4:36 AM 3.0 7:41 AM Rise 5:43 AM 6
~ 9 High 10:33 AM 8.3 4:37 PM Set 3:55 PM
~ 9 Low 5:34 PM 0.0
~ 9 High 11:56 PM 6.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death…
~ You have to ‘be’ before you can ‘do’, and do before you can ‘have’. – Zig Ziglar
~ A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing. – Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer
~ No matter how dark the clouds may be, there is a clear sky just behind them. unknown
~ Risk anything! Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. – Katherine Mansfield accompanying a picture of a hang-glider over what looks like the Oregon Coast!)
To the cold December heaven
Came the pale Moon and the stars,
As the yellow Sun was sinking
Behind the purple bars. –Charles Dawson Shanly, Canadian poet (1811–75)
The Yule Log, Symbolic of the New , Bright, Shinning, Son/ Sun – By Lady Feoneafey the KitchenWitch
Death is always fallowed by rebirth. endings are fallowed by beginnings, just as the Sun precedes the Moon.
In Roman tradition, December 25 was “Dies Natalis Solis Invictus” or the Day of the Birth of the Undefeated Sun.
In ancient times of lands such as Ireland, on or about the date of December 21or the Winter Solstice was the time the Son/Sun comes back to Earth. Many customs surround these 2 dates, one of which is the burning of the Yule fire.
Nordic Pagans regard Yule as the New Year, coinciding with the Solar year. (Samhain coincides with the Lunar year)
Yule marks the succession from the Holly King, who is the king of the Waning year, to the Oak King, who is the king of the Waxing year/ It symbolizes the rebirth of the God to the Virgin Goddess.
Yule is a Lesser Sabbat and is a Sun Sabbat.
In earliest times this tradition, the Yule fire was a bonfire burned outdoors. The sacred blaze was built to give power and life to the sun, among other things. Burning a Yule log not only gives out warmth against the winter cold, but it is said to posses the power to burn off the misfortune of the ending year and to bring good health and prosperity, protection, fertility, and good fortune in the year to come.
Traditionally a log of Oak, but may be made of any good, hard wood, available to you. It was carved with images of the blazing sun to encourage the return of the Son/Sun, or Divine Child of Light, The God. It was also carved with other symbols representing plenty, prosperity, fertility, wealth and love.
The Yule log was decorated with whipped bees wax that had been scented with bayberries (or bay berry wax if available) to bring good fortune throughout the year to come. Sprigs of evergreens, considered sacred and representing the Eternal aspect of the Goddess, were added as a traditional symbol of life everlasting.
Holly leaves, which are representative of The Holy King, symbolic of death and to guard the household against evil spirits and symbolic of the promise of ongoing life.
Oak Leaves and acorns to represent the Oak King, and symbolic of rebirth and of all things living within both the material and spirit world (the Oak tree is host to mistletoe plant); The white berries and leaves of the Mistletoe (also known as The Golden Bough) for fertility and symbolic of the sacred seed of the God who embodies the spirit of vegetation and divine life; fruits and grains or other seeds to celebrate the past harvest and the hope for a good harvest in the new year. Other items are often attached in representation and symbolisms of requested blessings for the up coming year as well.
Later in its history the Yule fire was brought indoors in the form of the Yule Log. Later a log that will burn continuously for 3 days would be used and its remnants used to light the next years fire.
Most fire places now days could never safely accommodate a 3 day monster. So to compensate, some individuals will split the log into 3 pieces , then all three pieces are decorated and one piece burnt each day; or decorate 3 smaller logs yet others are satisfied with one log burnt on the night of the Winter Solstice only…
And if you don’t have a fireplace, you can make a Yule log and bore holes to accommodate 2 hand dipped tapers, 1 for the Mother Goddess, and one for the Divine Child of the Light, the God, and burn the tapers down to just safely above the decorations surrounding it…this then can be placed in a secret part of the garden to return to the Earth and bless the land to which it is given.
No matter your adaptation of this tradition. you are sure to be blessed by the incorporation of it into your Yule celebration
Wake up, people! Open your eyes! Wake up!
Move quickly, like people of light!
Draw clouds forth from the sky’s quarters.
Draw clouds full of snow to us here!
Snow falling now means water in summer.
Come, ice, cover my fields!
In four days the festival starts, when we assemble
to call down snow in abundance. ~Pueblo Dawn Call To Winter Feast
Throughout the world, the darkest time is also the time of the greatest celebration. One reason is simple: busy people, bustling about to gather enough food to survive through the winter, have less time to tell stories and to feast and to sing. But there is another reason that is not so obvious: the belief that the activities of human beings during the winter somehow empower the earth to keep turning on its axis, progressing slowly toward the new seasons yet to come.
Stories have traditionally been vital in this quest for continued order in the universe. Each winter, people would gather to hear the old myths recited by the hearth-fire. This was the children’s school, the time to learn the rules by which humankind was expected to live. It was a continuing education program for adults, too, who each year heard the familiar stories anew, with deeper meaning. But the stories did more than just educate people. In a mysterious and magickal way, they also linked humans to the cosmos. Just as the sun set at the anticipated time, so we were to tell the right story on the right night. We thus were bound to the cycle of the seasons in a deep and meaningful way.
By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast