There was ice all over still when we got to the shop, although not on the road surfaces, but it’s melting fast. It’s 39F and not likely to get much warmer, with little wind and the snow and rain for the next couple of days have dropped out of the forecast!
Well, we got home yesterday from a fantastic event. I’m writing things up, the way I did in Saturday’s newsletter, but it’s taking too long, so just going to drop a note in here, and then link to a “special events” page so you can see photos, too, if you wish…and I won’t delay this any longer! …and I wonder if I can talk Tempus into making burgers for lunch… 🙂
A pic last New Year’s Day of the sunset sky. That’s a reflection of the sun, which was down behind the trees.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining – Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Her names and titles
“Nin-me-sar-ra, the Lady of Myriad Offices / or Queen of all the Me
Ninsianna as the personification of the planet Venus
Nin.an.na, which means ‘queen of the sky’.
Nu-ugiganna, the Hierodule of Heaven
Usunzianna, Exalted Cow of Heaven”
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 1/12, at 3:35 AM. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 1/2 at 10:53am.
As the new year begins, watch the waxing Moon step up eastward past Venus and Mars, as seen here just after dark. The Moon poses between Venus and Mars during and after dusk, as shown here.
Venus is the bright white “Evening Star” blazing in the southwest during and after twilight. This week it’s magnitude –4.5, crossing from Capricornus into Aquarius. In a telescope Venus appears about half lit and growing larger as it approaches us: it’s 22 arcseconds from cusp to cusp.
When will Venus appear exactly half lit? Technically that happens on January 14th. But because sunlight skims Venus’s cloudtops at a low angle near the terminator, illuminating them rather dimly, Venus appears half-lit (at dichotomy) to most observers some days earlier. When will it seem so to you? This offset is called the Schröter effect, and its history is told in the January Sky & Telescope, page 52. Venus in a telescope is least glary when viewed in a bright twilight sky, so get your telescope on it as soon as you can see it naked-eye.
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,
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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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 2 High 3:24 AM 7.2 7:53 AM Rise 10:32 AM 12
~ 2 Low 8:57 AM 3.1 4:49 PM Set 9:41 PM
~ 2 High 2:32 PM 7.6
~ 2 Low 9:26 PM 0.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – For this is wisdom, to love and live, to take what fate or what we may give!
~ The instrument of torment was identity. As some philosopher said, identity politics is zoological. If we don’t see our partial struggles as part of a general project of human emancipation, we turn on each other and fight over crumbs. – Ken MacLeod
~ If you already know how to make your dream come true, then you’re thinking too small. – Jack Canfield
~ I do not believe in sex distinction in literature, law, politics, or trade – or that modesty and virtue are more becoming to women than to men, but wish we had more of it everywhere. – Belva Lockwood (1830-1917) US attorney
~ All paid jobs absorb & degrade the mind. – Aristotle
On September 10 , half the world was already living, if one can call it that, on less than $2 a day, with a fifth surviving on half of that. Thirty thousand children were already dying needless deaths daily. Inequality is exploding both within and among nations, and perhaps contrary to the poor of the nineteenth century, today’s poor know they are poor. The plausible fantasies of Western television constantly remind them of their own failure to capture the material rewards of modernity. – Susan George
Candlemas Candle Wheel – (For Imbolc) – http://members.aol.com/ivycleartoes/cndlweel.html
- Craft wreath
- Eight white candles
- Ivy leaves or vines
- Glue gun
Either drill thick holes into the wreath so that candles can be placed inside, or just secure them with screw-bottom candleholders or glue gun glue. Place the ivy leaves around in a decorative fashion.
The eight candles are symbolic of the eight spokes of the year, and spinning the circle into motion at Imbolc is important. In ritual, the candles can be solemnly lit with a cauldron or bowl placed in the middle of the candle wheel. The cauldron or bowl can have the Wish Tree in the middle of it, with water all around it, and have new pennies thrown into it while cementing the wishes. Also the tree and the candle wheel can be toasted.
Candle Hat – One holiday tradition in Scandinavian countries is for the girls to wear garlands in their hair that hold a circle of lit candles and bless the light’s return. We’ve adapted this candle custom to honor the returning light for Brigit. These paper hats are a simple and safe variation.
- Draw an inner circle on a 9-inch paper plate, about an inch from the rim.
- Next draw very light lines dividing the circle into quarters.
- Draw four rectangular candle shapes, keeping the dividing lines as guides for the candles’ centers.
- The rectangles will meet in the center of the plate in a small square. (Could also be said as, “The candle wicks meet at the center, their bases on the plate rim.)
- Cut out the candle shapes, preserving their connection to the ring at the rim. This connection serves as the base of the candle.
- Bend candles from their base to stand upright.
- Decorate candles with markers, crayons and glitter.
- Use the discarded plate material to cut flame shapes.
Color them bright flame colors, then glue or staple them to the top of the candles.
Paper Brigid’s Crown – This is especially appropriate for young girls, since this is the holiday for the return of the maiden .
You will need:
Construction paper in your child’s favorite colors, and yellow and/or red, for the flames.
Pencil, crayon, or marker
Glue (white glue or glue stick
What to do:
- Cut a strip of paper about 2 inches wide and long enough to wrap around your child’s head. You may need to glue 2 shorter strips to get the right length. Remember to include a couple of extra inches for overlap!
- Draw and cut out eight thin rectangles (these are the candles) of paper.
- Draw and cut out eight flames.
- Glue the flames to the candles
- Draw wicks in the flames and candles.
- Distribute the candles evenly around the headband.
- Glue the candles to the outside of the headband. (You can glue it to the inside if you think your youngster will wait long enough for the glue to dry!)
- Depending on the age of your child, they can do the drawing, cutting and gluing. Even the youngest child can hold paper and have you guide her hands.