Yesterday was just a quiet day. I was up at 8, cooking. We had a turkey breast (just 3 of us, so…) with stuffing, ginger carrots, buttered peas and cookies for dessert. I also made a German Winter Soup with mushrooms, kale, noodles, parsnip, turnip, celery and some other “scraped icebox” ingredients.
When Tempus and Robyne got up, Tempus made eggs, sausage and crumpets for breakfast, which was really tasty. We did a lot of sitting around, talking and snoozing all day and around 5pm I got Tempus to crawl into bed to sleep. He’s been getting about 4 1/2 to 5 hours per night with the paper routes, so I wanted him to catch up.
Tempus was up for a bit around midnight and then we both crashed. I’m guessing his paper route went well, because he was back and on his computer when I woke at 8. I walked into the study and there was a lovely bit of gold peeking over the mountains (look at the pic that Ken Gagne got, below!), but it’s back to drippy gloom, now. It’s drippy from melting frost, but drippy. …and he’s asleep. <sigh> I guess no coffee this morning.
Here’s a set of weather-related pictures.
Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. Those frosts earlier this month seem to have killed it right down to the ground. It’s a perennial, so it’ll be back in the spring. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Boxing Day is mostly a British tradition where gifts are given to tradesmen and people in the “service jobs”. It’s also a huge shopping day, like our Black Friday. When I was a kid, this was the day that we sent cards and tips to folks like the milkman and Grandma’s hairdresser. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day
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Love & Light,
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/26 at 3:12pm. 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 1/8. 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 Waning Quarter on 1/1 at 9:30pm.
If you haven’t caught Mercury yet this apparition, look now. It has become nicely visible low in the west-southwest in mid-twilight, as shown here.
Tonight the Moon, moving ever eastward, shines roughly between Castor and Pollux to its upper left and Procyon to its lower right.
Neptune sets in the late evening in the constellation Aquarius.
Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch
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 Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books
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Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark
Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Sa 26 High 1:12 AM 7.5 7:51 AM Set 8:32 AM 99
~ 26 Low 6:38 AM 2.7 4:42 PM Rise 6:34 PM
~ 26 High 12:26 PM 9.1
~ 26 Low 7:24 PM -1.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If you know your own worth what need you care about the acceptance or rejection of others?
~ Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~ Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. – Arundhati Roy
~ The whole of life lies in the verb to see. – Teilhard de Chardin
~ Avoidance is time wasted. – Kerr Cuhulain
Class governance is a usurpation, a tyranny which has its roots in the ages when military castes, ground the peaceful tillers of the soil into slavery. Our parliamentary system, of which the very opponents of one-man-one-vote profess to be so proud, is only a degenerated survival of the assembly at which in primitive times our Teutonic forefathers gathered, free and equal, to make for themselves laws for their common governance. – William Lane; Brisbane Worker, June 13, 1891
Yule Magick – How to Make a Bird Seed Wreath – Recycle Reuse Renew Mother Earth Projects – Sunday, December 2, 2012
[Anja’s Note – We’re making these in Herbs this morning! Come join us from 11am-1pm. Free workshop with 1 pound of birdseed.]
For a bundt-pan sized bird seed wreath, you’ll need:
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 package unflavored gelatin
- 4 cups bird food (such as seeds, peanuts, berries, dried fruits)
- Bundt pan or other mold
- Nonstick cooking spray
If you don’t have a mold, shape the mixture by hand onto a piece of waxed paper or a cookie sheet.
How to Make the Bird Seed Wreath
Step 1: Mix Up Edible Glue – Stir the gelatin into the warm water until dissolved. Whisk in the corn syrup and flour. Stir well, until there are no more lumps. It will make a thick gooey paste.
Step 2: Stir in Bird Seed – Mix the seeds with the paste in a large bowl, using a spatula to stir and fold until all of the seeds are coated and the edible glue is distributed. The mixture will start getting very sticky. Make sure it’s well mixed to keep the wreath from falling apart.
Step 3: Mold Wreath – Spray the bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Using the spatula, press the seed mixture into the bundt pan. Be sure to press the mixture down firmly until it’s well packed and even. Set the pan aside overnight. The mixture will harden and turn white, and the surface will be firm and dry when it’s ready. Test by pressing gently on the surface, and allow more setting time if it’s at all soft.
Step 4: Add Finishing Touches – Once the wreath is hard, gently remove it from the mold by turning it upside down onto a plate. Tie ribbons, garnish with sprigs of greenery or berries, and hang it for the birds to enjoy!
Once you get the hang of making the edible glue, there’s no end to possibilities:
Make up some pretty seed combinations. For example, dried red cranberries with white safflower seed, or black sunflower seeds dotted with fresh blueberries.
Line the bottom of the mold with berries or fruits in a pretty pattern. Carefully spread the seed mixture onto it to press the fruits into your wreath.
Create “edible ornaments” using muffin pans, cookie cutters, or free-form shapes.
Use a flower pot to mold bird seed bells. Tie a knot in a piece of ribbon, and thread it through the drainage hole in the pot. Add the seed mixture to the pot, making sure the knot is firmly imbedded in the glue mixture.
Silliness – Great Truths About Life That Kids Know
No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person.
Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap.