First Minus Tide of the cycle at 6:10 PM of -0.4 feet. This whole cycle, with the wave heights is going to be dangerous at flood tide each day, since that’s in the early to mid-afternoons, and that’s *not* even counting the storm waves!
It’s 54F with the winds in the teens and gusts into the 30’s. We’re supposed to have a few more thunderstorms and more rain today. We got 1/2 an inch yesterday.
Yesterday wasn’t quite what I was expecting to do. The friend at whose house I was going to bake had some stuff to take care of from the storm so I ended up at home. That meant I was cleaning and sorting all day. There is a stack of laundry done (some of which gets put away, some goes into supplies and some to Good Will) and a bunch of kitchen equipment sorting that hasn’t been happening for awhile. I also got pix of a few special pieces of Tempus’ alchemical stuff and worked on some of the non-baking cooking that’s happening for the weekend.
I managed some, working on scotch eggs all day and making small cheese balls and getting the rest of the stuff ready for taking today to work with on the baking. I spent awhile in the garden, harvesting fresh fennel for the sausage for the scotch eggs, nibbling various greens (that are going to be better in a soup!) and doing some weeding.
We had esbat in the evening and talked over a lot of things and then I did some more cooking before finally turning in, wiped out. I reek of garlic, even yet. The scotch eggs didn’t work right. I’ll get ’em, some day, but this wasn’t it. I ended up making sausage patties. 🙂
I woke at 2:30 to a lot of lightning. The sky was flickering like a bad fluorescent tube for a couple of minutes…. and then just before 6 darned nearly dove out of bed with a crash of thunder and then that went on for 20 minutes or so with hail racketing against the skylight …and then couldn’t get back to sleep. That was a little frustrating.
Today I have the baking to do, assuming that all is well. ..ah, just got word that’s good to go. Tempus is going to be at the shop.
Life is interesting….
I have a bunch of the red ornaments at the shop. (The green are all sold.) I love these. Lollipops that can hang on a tree without disintegrating or attracting bugs? …or the occasional candy-craving dog? This next week’s (12/19) sewing workshop project is going to be on how to make these. You can also make them as herbal sachets to make things smell good.
A funny story about candy-eating dogs… I was at a friend’s house the day after Christmas for a party. They had gotten a new dog from the pound as a gift for the kids. For some reason that no one knew this dog was a sugar addict. He would eat sweet cereals, ice cream, anything with sugar sprinkled on it and we found out because he climbed the Christmas tree to get at the lollipops when we kids left him alone in the living room! …. At a later date I was informed that he would eat turnips if you sprinkled sugar on them, and since they were those kids’ especially hated vegetable, he got a lot of them.
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called, Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Lux Mundi festival, ancient Rome – Lux Mundi literally means ‘the Light of the World’. This is also another name for France’s Liberty, whose day this also is. Liberty’s torch shines hope in the world. Her statue graces New York City’s harbour, her full name being Liberty Enlightening the World.
In Roman mythology, Liberty is Libertas, the goddess of freedom. Originally a deity of personal freedom, she evolved to become the goddess of the commonwealth. Her temples were found on the Aventine Hill and the Forum. She was depicted on many Roman coins as a female figure wearing a pileus (a felt cap, worn by slaves when they were set free), a wreath of laurels and a spear … from Pip Wilson’s Almanac.
In recent times the title of Lux Mundi has been taken on by Christians to mean Jesus rather than enlightenment, so many online references reflect this. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertas
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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. 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 12/11 at 2:29am.
Fomalhaut, the Mouth of the Southern Fish, shines due south as twilight grows late. Therefore, so does the right-hand side of the Great Square of Pegasus — much higher, or even overhead of you’re as far south as Florida.
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.
Saturn is hidden in conjunction with the Sun.
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
Th 10 Low 5:16 AM 3.0 7:41 AM Rise 6:41 AM 2
~ 10 High 11:09 AM 8.5 4:37 PM Set 4:37 PM
~ 10 Low 6:10 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Close your eyes and take a few letting-go breaths, patiently entering the silent, mindful place within you.
~ Ah, mon cher, for anyone who is alone, without God and without a master, the weight of days is dreadful. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. – Nelson Mandela
~ All of your characteristics are tools that you can use. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ I am burning. If anyone lacks tinder, let him set his rubbish ablaze with my fire. – Rumi
Christmas is not in tinsel and lights and outward show.
The secret lies in an inner glow.
It’s lighting a fire inside the heart.
Good will and joy a vital part.
It’s higher thought and a greater plan.
It’s glorious dream in the soul of man. – Wilfred A. Peterson in The Art of Living
- red velvet ribbon, 1/2 inch and 1 inch
- 6 or 8 inch embrodery hoop
- florist wire
- hot glue
- separate the two pieces of the embrodery hoops and fit them together, one inside the other, at a 90 degree angle. Secure in this position with florist wire or hot glue
- Secure a piece of the 1/2 ribbon to the bottom of the hoop. Wind the ribbon around the edges of the hoop, wrapping each “arm” in a spiral motion until the wood is covered completely.Secure with hot glue.
- Form two bows with the 1 inch ribbons, leaving the ends dangling. Secure one to the bottom of the joined hoops, the other to the top.
- Gather the mistletoe into a ball, secure the ends with florist wire. Insert inside the globe and twist the florirst wire to the top of the ball.
- Hang the ball somewhere you are sure to get kissed!
Laminated Window Hangings for Yule
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Yule cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
Lightly trace the shapes of trees, suns, stars or other Yule figures with your pencil.
Cut out those shapes with scissors.
Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.
Protective Pinecones – November 13th, 2007
Color of the day: Maroon Incense of the day: Lavender
For a beautiful and functional arrangement, try this simple technique. Gather ten pinecones. Spray paint five of them gold. Take the other five and apply spray glue to the tips. Dust with ground cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and orange zest. Tie holly leaves and pine needles in little bundles with red ribbon. Attach the pinecones to a straw wreath with wire, and tuck the greenery, along with baby’s breath, into the open spaces. Place white candles nearby. As you hang the wreath, channel vibrations of protection into it. Visualize a blue light slowly surrounding the entire area. When you light the candles each night, call upon these energies and allow the blue bubble to form over the whole house. By: Tammy Sullivan
Silliness – Free What? – I ran into an old buddy the other day. He was a rising entrepreneur, but now he looked down and out. What gives? He begins wailing his tale.
“I had a restaurant out there on the interstate, you know. Spent a fortune on a new high-rise sign to attract traffic. It did, too. It read ‘free cocktail with dinner!’ The ‘cocktail’ was flashing red neon. Was it impressive!”
“Sounds like a good idea. So what went wrong?”
“Oh, the county took notice, inspection crews come out, I’m harassed all the time by the Planning department, the churches in the neighborhood have filed complaints-”
“Hey, I thought you ran a stand-up operation out there.”
“I did. Half my flashing red neon burned out!”
“Oh, I see…” I thought a minute. “Which half?”
“Don’t make no difference!” he wailed.