It’s 42F and thoroughly overcast. There’s little wind, but it’s steadily dripping rain. At nearly 10am it’s still twilight. Everything is getting very green. There’s even new grass coming up from roots!
Yesterday’s workshop went really well. We have a stack of birdseed balls and some other things went home with folks. The pic is my stash!
When things calmed down late in the afternoon Tempus and I had a good chat with one of our boys and then I did a bunch of cutting out (you’ll be hearing a lot about sewing over the next two weeks!) and got stuff put together to be processed.
Sash finally got a ride down to the house and got his goodies, but he only had about 20 minutes to spend. Well, we got to hug him. That’s something, anyway. He posted on Facebook about it when he got home. 🙂
We had more of the Winter Soup for supper and I turned in early. Robyne and Tempus talked for quite awhile. When I got back up I wrote for a bit and did some organizing, then crawled back in and read until I fell asleep.
Tempus said his paper route this morning was better than it’s been and he was home by 8am. We had coffee and bagels with potted cheese this morning for breakfast and he’s napping.
Today I’m hoping to sew most of the day. House Capuchin has our Project Day today and I’m hoping some of the toys get their finish varnish and I get a chance at sorting marbles. Yes, the shop will be open until 5pm, at least!
Today’s Plant is Evening primrose, Oenothera species, sometimes called Sundrop or Suncup in Oregon. The young roots can be eaten like a peppery-flavored vegetable and the shoots can be used in salad. It can be used in poultices for wound-healing and to ease bruises. (Sun…it’s drying) Clinical trials don’t support the traditional uses for treatment of PMS (particularly bloating and water retention) or cervical ripening in pregnancy, but one of the varieties has promise as a treatment for breast cancer. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often called the King’s Cure-all, used by a ruler to cure scrofula. It has powers of healing, particularly for drying “wet” wounds or injuries. It can be used in sleep sachets, and for spells to cure (or cause) alcoholism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evening_primrose
1675 – Charles II tried to suppress the coffee-houses, since people gathered there to discuss a lot of politics and such. His Proclamation of Suppression was laughed away in just 12 days. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee_house#Coffee_in_Europe
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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 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.
This is the time of year when M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, passes your zenith soon after dark (if you live in the mid-northern latitudes). The exact time depends on your longitude. Binoculars will show M31 just off the upraised knee of the Andromeda constellation’s stick figure; see the big evening constellation chart in the center of Sky & Telescope. The Moon this evening rises about an hour after the galaxy culminates.
Mercury (magnitude –0.6) remains low in the southwest as twilight fades. Look for it about 30 to 60 minutes after sunset.
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
Su 27 High 1:55 AM 7.5 7:52 AM Set 9:15 AM 97
~ 27 Low 7:25 AM 2.7 4:43 PM Rise 7:36 PM
~ 27 High 1:10 PM 8.7
~ 27 Low 8:05 PM -0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It’s not hard to meet expenses, they’re everywhere.
~ A person should trust their own experience rather than hearsay. – Bandamanna Saga, c.2
~ Let go of your fear and seize the process of change, and it will work for you. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt
~ We cannot control the evil tongues of others, but a good life enables us to disregard them. – Cato the Elder
Corineus and Gogmagog were two brave giants who richly valued their honour and exerted their whole strength and force in the defence of their liberty and country; so the City of London, by placing these, their representatives in their Guildhall, emblematically declare, that they will, like mighty giants defend the honour of their country and liberties of this their City; which excels all others, as much as those huge giants exceed in stature the common bulk of mankind. – Thomas Boreman, Gigantick History, 1741
Color of the Day: Orange – Incense of the Day: Poplar
Invite your family and close friends for a late night feast tonight. Have everybody bring a worn item of clothing. Make a scarecrow by stuffing the clothing with pieces of paper on which each person at the party has written old habits or sad memories they wish to rid themselves of. In some cultures, people add a few firecrackers to add more excitement to the spell. Carry the scarecrow out of doors and burn it. Visualize the old habits and memories going up in smoke. At the stroke of midnight, eat twelve grapes to symbolize the twelve months of the new year, then make twelve wishes. When this is done, the youngest person at the party should stand in the front door and ring in the new year, and the oldest person in the group should stand at the back door and ring out the old year. By: Lily Gardner-Butts
Silliness – Smart Joke # 6. It’s hard to take kleptomaniacs and puns seriously. Why? They take things literally. – http://higherperspectives.com/jokes-for-intellectuals/?c=cleo&ts_pid=2&ts_pid=2