Sunshine! 44F and warming quickly with the sunshine, but there are just enough clouds up there to thin the sunlight down, so it won’t get *that* warm. No wind, just an occasional light gust. It looks like more rain tomorrow and then we should have a break in the rain. Halcyon Days! There’s plenty of snow in the mountains, so this looks *much* more like what I think of as a normal winter. Phew!
Yesterday was almost all sewing. I did have one consult about being a psychic in the middle of the afternoon, answering questions mostly but other than that I cut fabric, irons, put trims together, etc. Robyne and Tempus snoozed most of the day. 🙂
We had a good supper, chatted awhile and the I turned in and slept for a few hours, got up and wrote a bit and went back to bed!
A pic from today of our glorious Ocean! Ken Gagne, of course. 🙂
I saw this picture and went, “Oh, *yes*!” It’s a much better version of one of the common things that we talk about, perspective, better than the tired old cliche of moss on a tree.
Today’s plant is Blue Elderberry, Sambucus cerulea. It’s a rather wild shrub that can be trained into a small tree, with icky-smelling white flowers that then produce dark fruits that appear blue because of a whitish coating on them. In Oregon it grows mostly from the valley out to the coast with some isolated pockets in the Eastern part of the state. There’s a lot of folklore surrounding the tree. “In some areas, the “elder tree” was supposed to ward off evil influence and give protection from witches, while other beliefs say that witches often congregate under the plant, especially when it is full of fruit. In some regions, superstition, religious belief, or tradition prohibits the cutting of certain trees for bonfires, most notably in witchcraft customs the elderberry tree; “Elder be ye Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed ye’ll be” – A rhyme from the Wiccan rede-poem. If an elder tree was cut down, a spirit known as the Elder Mother would be released and take her revenge. The tree could only safely be cut while chanting a rhyme to the Elder Mother.”From Wikipedia – Feminine, Venus, Water – The flowers are used for Crossing the Bridge rituals. Carry for protection and to prevent rheumatism and toothache. Dried berries are helpful in sleep pillows. All parts are good for protection. Grow near the home for prosperity. Magic wands and flutes are often made from this wood.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_ceruleaorhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus
Kwanzaa, African-American holiday (Dec 26 – Jan 1); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) This is the 3rd day of this modern festival for those of African heritage. There’s a really good article explaining the traditions and where they come from here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwanzaa
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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.
If you’re up in the early dawn, watch the Moon’s eastward march toward Jupiter beneath Leo. The waning gibbous Moon is up by 9 or 10 tonight, awaiting your telescope. Lower left of the Moon twinkles Regulus. The Sickle of Leo extends upper left from Regulus. By early dawn they’re high in the southwest and turned around with the Sickle over the Moon, as shown above.
Saturn, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter form a huge diagonal line in early dawn, running upward from the low southeast to high in the south-southwest, in that order.
Brilliant Venus and high Jupiter are now separated by almost 70°. Fainter Mars is between them. Spot Spica 6° to Mars’s right. They’re similar in brightness but different in color.
Most difficult is Saturn, to the lower left of Venus: 15° from it on the morning of the 26th, 8° from it by the morning of January 2nd. If you can see Saturn, look for twinkly Antares to its lower right more directly below Venus (as seen from mid-northern latitudes). See the picture at right. Venus and Saturn are on their way to a close conjunction January 9th.
Brightnesses: Saturn shines at magnitude +0.5, Venus –4.1, Jupiter –2.1, Mars +1.3, and Spica +1.0.
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 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
©2015 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright.
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
M 28 High 2:37 AM 7.5 7:52 AM Set 9:53 AM 93
~ 28 Low 8:12 AM 2.8 4:44 PM Rise 8:37 PM
~ 28 High 1:53 PM 8.2
~ 28 Low 8:44 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished!
~ Whenever conscience commands anything, there is only one thing to fear, and that is fear. – St. Theresa, Spanish nun, mystic and reformer
~ Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Before you speak, ask yourself, is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence? – Sai Baba
~ Become the alchemist, the catalyst, transforming your raw character into steel that can be wielded to transform your future into gold. Kerr Cuhulain
Circle around the Moon By Silvana ~)O(~
Like the spiral of life I see the gentle circle around the Moon
Whispering of the hurt, love and pain that one can feel within it
Lift your arms and adore me she spoke to me wisely
Remember the seasons she says
I look at her with wonder and quiver with the night breeze
Gently I lift my eyes and see her dressed with white light
Within her the love I am yet to experience
Her chalice is edged with ancient script
Words that only ancient bards can read
The circle around the Moon holds the key
Can you see it?
Can you feel the truth and love within it?
I can hear her whisper
She speaks to you
She speaks to me
The key is kept inside the circle
The circle around the Moon
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T’was The Diet After Yuletide
T’was the day after Yuletide, and all through the house
Not a damn thing would fit me, not even a blouse.
The cookies I’d nibbled,
The eggnog I’d taste
At the holiday parties had gone to my waist.
When I got on the scales
There arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber),
I’d remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared;
The gravies, and sauces, and beef nicely rared,
The wine and the rum-balls, the bread the cheese,
And the way that I’d never said, “No thank you, please.”
As I dressed myself up,
In my husband’s old shirt,
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt –
I said to myself, (as only I can),
“You can’t spend the winter disguised as a man!”
So, away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, each cracker, and chip,
Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
’til all the unwanted ounces have vanished!
I won’t have a cookie, not even a lick…
I’ll just have to chew on a celery stick.
I won’t have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie;
I’ll munch on a carrot, and quietly cry.
I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore –
But isn’t that what January is for?
Unable to giggle, no longer a riot…
Happy New Year to all, and to all a good diet! ~ Author Unknown ~
Another fresh new year is here…
another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear;
to love and laugh and give! ~William Arthur Ward