Lighted House Count – 28
Right at sunrise the eastern horizon went all pink and by the time we were crossing the bridge to the shop the clouds of the ocean were all pink, too. At that point the sand flats below the bridge were just awash and the wave patterns were really cool. Fog was puddled in places in the hills to the east. It’s 45F with no wind, although we’re in for some later. The snow is finally building up in the mountains. We got 2/10’s of an inch of rain yesterday.
Yesterday Jalida and Alexander showed up fairly early with the car that they’re giving us. Ours was being worked on and the guys from the car place said to pull the plugs. Tempus was getting worried about not being able to get to the house for the last several days, so he headed up there to see what he could get done.
Around 4:15 the sky where the sun setting behind the trees by the Bay went a beautiful gold. By then I was frying some leftover piroski. It turned out that letting them chill in the fridge and dry out a little from the boiling is a good thing. They turned out perfect, fried in bacon grease and garlic butter!
Tempus got back not long after that having paid some utility bills, as well. I had wrapped some presents and readied some holiday cards and started cleaning up the coffee table, which I got re-set after he got back. There wasn’t any class last night, so we worked on small stuff and then Tempus headed out for another load.
Today we’re up early because he has an appointment in Newport and then he’s going to get some parts for the car.
A photo by Ken Gagne of last night’s sunset.
Today’s Plant is the Evergreen Violet, Viola sempervirens. This is a pretty plant that looks like nothing much through 9 months of the year here on the coast, but is spectacular in March, when it covers the ground with beautiful golden flowers on a deep blue/green background and still lovely in April/May. It is indeed evergreen, not withering to the ground, although it sometimes is overshadowed by grass. As any viola it is Feminine, ruled by Venus, but unlike the blue violets (corresponding to water) the Evergreen Violet corresponds to the element of Air and the Sun – Protects against malevolent spirits, brings changes in luck & fortune, wear to help with headaches, dizziness and to bring calm and sleep, wear in a green sachet to heal wounds.
The eve of St Andrew’s Day – Some marriage-related superstitions have become part of Saint Andrew’s feast day, November 30, and some on the eve. In some parts of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, young women would write down the names of potential husbands on little pieces of paper and stick these into little pieces of dough, called halušky. These are a dumpling. When cooked, the first one to float to the surface of the water would reveal the name of their future husband. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Andrew%27s_day#St._Andrew.27s_Eve
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 11/29 at 4:18am. 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 on 11/29 at 4:18am. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends on 11/30 at 4:18pm. Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 12/13 at 4:06pm.
On what date will you first see the waxing crescent Moon? While the Moon is still low with Mercury, Venus helps to guide the way. (As always, the Moon is positioned for a skywatcher in the middle of North America. Its position may differ a bit for you.)
Two faint fuzzies naked-eye:The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and the Perseus Double Cluster are two of the most famous deep-sky objects. They’re both cataloged as 4th magnitude, and in a good sky you can see each with the unaided eye. They’re located only 22° apart, very high toward the east early these evenings — to the right of Cassiopeia and closer below Cassiopeia, respectively. To find exactly where to look, you’ll need a good sky chart to pinpoint them. The all-sky constellation chart in the center of Sky & Telescope will do just fine.
New Moon (exact at 7:18 a.m. EST).
Mars (magnitude +0.6, crossing central Capricornus) still glows in the south-southwest at dusk, about 25° upper left of Venus. In a telescope it’s a tiny orange blob just 6½ arcseconds in diameter.
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
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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).
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)
Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for which there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does not extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 29 High 12:32 AM 6.8 7:31 AM Rise 7:24 AM 0
~ 29 Low 5:57 AM 2.9 4:39 PM Set 5:20 PM
~ 29 High 11:46 AM 8.3
~ 29 Low 6:44 PM -0.3
Minus Tide at 6:44 PM of -0.3 feet.
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love is the language everyone speaks.
~ After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. – Abraham Lincoln
~ A sub-clerk in the post-office is the equal of a conqueror if consciousness is common to them. – Albert Camus (1913-1960) French writer, born in Algiers
~ Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards. – Vernon Saunders Law
Nailing Wings to the Dead BY ELEANOR HOOKER
Since we nail
wings to the dead,
she calls ravens
from the sky
to inspect our work. “For flight,”
they say, “first remove their boots.”
She leans in,
inspects a fresh hex
behind my eyes,
takes my feet
and lays them on the fire,
to burn it out, roots first.
We’re the last,
babička and me.
We’ve survived on
chance and bread
baked from the last store of grain.
And as we’re out of both,
we will die soon.
They are gathering
in the well.
She hums whilst I nail her wings,
she tells me a tale, her last gift —
“This dark stain,
passed kiss to kiss-stained
blights love, is pulsed
by death-watch beetle’s
tick, timing our decay.
They know this.
They wait by water,
The ravens keep watch,
they say the contagion’s here,
they promise to take us first.”
Her tale done,
we go winged and naked
to the well.
We hear them
climbing the walls, caterwauling,
but ravens are swift, and swoop. (Source: Poetry (October 2015).)
The Pagan Orthodoxy – Winter Solstice tidbit From: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/spiritwolf/yule.htm SILVER WOLF’S LAIR – Version 2.0
Yule (YOO-el) is celebrated on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year, a time when the weather is at it’s coldest and the God is reborn of the Goddess (9 months after their union at Beltane), and the God’s birth is symbolized by the return of the Sun, as from this day forth the Sun’s power is no longer in decline, but begins to return towards it’s zenith at the Summer Solstice. Symbolically the God grows along with the Sun, growing as the Sun gains in power, staying above the horizon longer and warming the planet more each day. Yule is a time of celebration, when we begin to see an end to Winter and it’s hardships, and can now look forward to the soon to come Spring and the return of life!
One tradition that originated in the UK, (though later spread across Europe) and was practiced in Ancient times was that of the Yule Log, a branch of Ash or Oak that was cut, decorated with evergreens and pine cones, and then burnt in the hearth to symbolize the returning Sun. A portion of the Log was kept to light the following years Yule Log, allowing for warmth to stay for the whole year within the household. Some say that the Yule Log had to light at the first attempt, otherwise ill luck would haunt the home for that year!
A different type of Yule log, and perhaps one more suitable for modern practitioners would be the type that is used as a base to hold three candles. Find a smaller branch of oak, ash or pine, and flatten one side so it sets upright. Drill three holes in the top side to hold red, green, and white (season), green, gold, and black (the Sun God), or white, red, and black (the Great Goddess). Decorate with greenery, (holly and ivy are our personal favourites), red and gold bows, rosebuds, cloves, and dust with flour. This log can then be burnt at a later date, or kept safe for re-use the following year, redecorated with fresh foliage. Make sure that any log you use is taken not from the living tree, and that permission is requested for any foliage taken, and an offering given back to the plant.
Yet another type of Yule log is that of the edible variety, a chocolate type cake, cut and decorated to look like a log, usually coated with icing to simulate the ice and snow that oft grace our land at this t9ime of year. Though not as traditionally Pagan as a real Yule Log, there is something to be said for partaking of a confectionary Yule Log, and where other representations are not possible, then it will most certainly suffice! (I’d recommend reserving a slice to leave outside as an offering to the God!)
Another tradition still used today is that of the Christmas tree, originating in Germany and Scandinavia, Pagan families would bring a live tree into the home so the wood spirits would have a place to keep warm during the cold winter months. Bells were hung in the limbs so you could tell when a spirit was present. Food and treats were hung on the branches for the spirits to eat and a five-pointed star, the pentagram, symbol of the five elements, was placed atop the tree. German Martin Luther is credited with being the first person to decorate his tree with candles, after seeing how beautiful the stars were one night, and wanting to show his children, though nowadays much safer Fairy Lights are often used.
Yule coincides with the Christian celebration of Christmas (the birth of Christ being very similar to the rebirth of the Sun, itself symbolic of the rebirth of the God), which is no coincidence, as the early Christian Church chose to celebrate the birth of Christ (which is actually believed to have happened in March, amongst other pointers, Shepherds don’t take their flocks out to pasture in the Middle East in winter!) at this time to try and woo the Pagan peoples away from their own faith. Many other Gods of Pre-History share similar life stories to that of the life of Jesus, including the Nativity and their birth timing of the Winter Solstice.
© Spiritwolf & Silver Dove 2001-2004
Silliness – Check Out
The school where he had been a Principal the previous year had used a check-out system only slightly less elaborate than that at Fort Knox.
Cautiously, he asked the school’s long time Custodian, “Do you think it’s wise to keep the stock room unlocked and to let the teachers take things without requisitions?”
The Custodian looked at him gravely. “We trust them with the children, don’t we?”