Lighted House Count – 389+77 = 466
Minus Tide at 6:57 PM of -1.8 feet.
The rain is steady and the sky is a lumpy grey and it’s 36F. I’m huddled up over the computer and heater. We only just got to the shop. A computer glitch from yesterday meant that Tempus had to take a errant paper to a subscriber and I had chores to do. Besides, we only got in at 7am. A bunch of friends in the Portland area say that it’s snowing there.
I did a lot of computer housekeeping yesterday in between sorting out a lot of paperwork for various projects that are going. We got another cedar delivery from the wreath lady when she picked up her wreaths and talked about other plants that I’m in need of.
During the evening I wrote, found pictures and cooked an old-style mince pie filling. Iow, I started with pork sausage….. I also cooked a couple of potatoes for handwarmers, since it was cold last night.
Yes, it was cold and Tempus was running the car very gently, since it was the first long haul since the drowning. The Moon, even veiled by cloud was turning everything to silver. Eckman Lake was especially lovely.
Short video on the Milk Miracle – http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/features/magazine-38301718/38301718
Jim Thode – (2015)·- Tillamook Rock Light aka “Terrible Tilly” living up to her name today. The top of the light is 140′ above sea level and that puts the top of the wave about 200′ high. We dealt with closed roads due to slides and flooding, torrential rain, 1/2″ hail and gale force winds to get this pic.
Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
1503 – Birthday of Michel de Nostradamus (d. July 1, 1566), physician and prophet. Nostradamus was a physician of Provence (France) who published a series of little books, each containing a hundred predictions (‘centuries’), collected later into a single volume. He studied mathematics, philosophy, and physic (medicine), and was twice married and had several children. He lived at Salon, near Marseilles, where he studied astrology and, as many do, took up almanac making. Such were those erudite times that his almanacs became popular, inspiring imitators, but, as some of the imitations in his name were poorly produced, he gained a bad reputation from them. He was said to have cured and/or prevented the bubonic plague by his medical knowledge and wrote out quite a lot of his herbal lore. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nostradamus
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 12/15 at 4:06am. 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 12/28 at 10:53pm.
The big bright Moon this evening is a day past full. Look for orange Aldebaran to its upper right and orange Betelgeuse to its lower right. As evening grows late, the triangle they make climbs higher, twists around, and slightly changes shape.
Saturn is out of sight 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 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).
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
W 14 High 12:37 AM 7.6 7:45 AM Set 8:09 AM 99
~ 14 Low 6:03 AM 2.4 4:37 PM Rise 5:58 PM
~ 14 High 11:57 AM 9.7
~ 14 Low 6:57 PM -1.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
~ I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. – Harry Emerson Fosdick, US Clergyman
~ There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. – Jonas Salk (1914-1995) US microbiologist
~ Daring is one of the hardest things for adults starting down the warrior path to master. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ Falsehoods have short legs. – Macedonian proverb
Now plough up thy headland, or delve it with spade;
If garden require it now trench it ye may.
Green peason or Hastings at Hallontide sow;
Grey peason or runcivals at Candlemas
Set garlike and beans at St. Edmond the King.
At Hallontine, slaughter-time entereth in;
And then doth the husbandman’s feasting begin.
From thence unto Shrovetide kill now and then some;
Their offal for household the better will come.
The fewer thou keepest, keep better ye may;
For Easter at Martilmas hang up a beef.
Foul privies are now to be cleansed and fy’d
Let night be appointed, such baggage to hide;
Which buried in garden, in trenches a-low,
Shall make very many things better to grow.
Let hogs, once fat, lose nothing of that,
When mast is gone, hog falleth anon.
Now pork and souse bears tack in house.
Some corneth, some brineth, some will not be taught.
Where meat is attainted, their cooking is naught. – Thomas Tusser (1524 – 1580), Five hundreth pointes of good husbandrie: as well for the champion or open countrie, as also for the woodland or severall ; mixed in everie month with huswiferie, over and besides the booke of huswiferie, London: ‘Printed in the now dwelling house of Henrie Denham in Aldersgate Street at the signe of the starre’, 1586
Spicy Gifts For Yule – Start now making special herbal gifts and decorations with your own hands expressing holiday sentiments from your heart. We’ve searched far and wide and come up with a fine assortment of herbal ideas, recipes and crafts for you to select from.
Yule Time/Christmas Scent
3 sticks cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1/4 cup whole cloves
1 quart water
Combine ingredients and simmer in a teakettle or saucepan throughout the holidays!
Cinnamon Treasures By Brenda Hyde – Cinnamon is not only easy to craft with, but it’s a smell that reflects the warmth and charm of a cozy winter home more than any other. These gifts can be used as additions to baskets filled with homemade breads, muffins or cookies. You can also package them alone for small gifts to give teachers, friends and house guests.
Mulled Tea Bags
5 tsp. loose black tea
4 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
2 tsp. coarsely crushed cinnamon stick
1 tsp. grated orange rind
1/2 tsp. grated lemon rind
Cut two five inch squares out of the cheese cloth. Place 1/2 of your tea ingredients on one square, and the other 1/2 on the second one. Bring the corners together and tie into a bag with the string. Place the teabags into a mug, with these instructions:
To brew place one tea bag in a mug and 1 cup of boiling water. Steep 5 minutes and enjoy!
If you wish you can also include a small jar of honey, an antique spoon (easily found at a thrift store), 2 cinnamon sticks for stirring and a novel to enjoy reading while drinking.
Santa Cinnamon Sticks
You will need:
1 6 inch long cinnamon stick
red, peach or cream, black and pink acrylic paint
tiny stiff paintbrush for textured paint
“snow” textured paint
Paint Santa’s hat on a 1/2 inch space at the top of the stick, using textured paint for ball and trim. For face, paint 3/4 below the hat using peach or cream paint, paint eyes black and cheeks pink. Lastly use texture paint and the stiff brush to paint eyebrows and the beard. These make charming gift toppers, or additions to gift baskets and flower arrangements.
Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments
Two recipes, both simple, for making these neat ornaments that can also be used as package toppers. If making ahead, I would put each one in its own plastic bag and store in a cool dry place.
You will need:
4 ounces of ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup of applesauce
2 tablespoons of white craft glue
These are not edible because of the glue. Mix together well, roll out and cut your shapes. Poke a hole at the top of each one for hanging before they dry. Put them on a wire rack for about a week and let them dry, turning them over about once a day.
You will need:
3/4 cup applesauce
1 4.12 ounce bottle ground cinnamon
Mix together to form a stiff dough. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Make hole at top of ornaments on rack to dry. Let dry 1-2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally. Hang with decorative thread, ribbon or natural raffia. Makes 12-15 ornaments.
You will need:
Cinnamon sticks, 4-5 inches long
dried flowers of your choice
hot glue gun, glue sticks
To make a centerpiece glue together two cinnamon sticks, then top with two more, gluing the four of them together. Glue dried flowers to the top of the sticks to decorate, but not overwhelm. Tie a few pieces of raffia around the middle of the sticks and flowers to form a bow with a few ends hanging slightly off the piece. Place one in front of each place setting during your holiday meal. Guests can then take home their cinnamon craft.
Cinnamon Stick Candle Holder
You will need:
1 clear glass votive candle holder
about 20 cinnamon sticks
hot glue gun, glue sticks
Measure the height of your holder, and add 1/2 inch. This is the length you will need to cut your cinnamon sticks. Cover the holder completely with tape. Hot glue does not adhere well to glass, so this will give you a good surface to glue to. Glue each stick vertically to the holder, making sure they are placed evenly, until the entire surface is covered. Use like this, or decorate with raffia, or other small holiday decorations.
1 cup mugwort
1/2 cup rose petals
1/2 cup german chamomile
1/2 cup of sweet hops
1/3 cup lavender buds
1/3 cup catnip crushed
1/4 cup peppermint
Mix the ingredients together.Make cloth bags from a 5×12 inch piece of
material and fill the bags with your mixture. Sew the top of the bag shut.
Sweet dreams! These make great craft fair items, inexpensive gifts or neat items for gift baskets.
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