Daily Stuff 12-29-17 Thomas a Becket

Hi, folks!

Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Wicca 101, no class tonight!

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The sky is covered with lumpy grey and things are damp, but we have rain due in the early afternoon. It’s warm, 54F. I had Tempus open up the shop through to the back so that the place will air out a bit. It’s windy, though. Places along the beaches and the offshore buoy are registering over 20mph. The bay was full of whitecaps and foam from them beating on the edge of the mudflats. The car went a little bouncy on the bridge, too.

Yesterday just kinda went. Very few people were in shopping, especially once the rain closed in and the wind picked up. I got some sewing done, finishing a batch of pouches that have been sitting for a couple of weeks. I got some herbs and crystals headered and Tempus got them hung. I did some writing. Doesn’t sound like much….

We headed home around 8pm. Tempus brought one of the small folding tables for me to use as a desktop at home so I sit at the computer better, so I spent awhile after he headed out on the paper run, getting that set up and then doing some writing. After that I curled up with a book and embroidery and settled down to alternate those until it was time for sleep.

He had a good run and though the papers were late, he got in earlier than he’s been, about 6:15. We’re here at the shop and open. I have more headers to do and I want to get more done on the books and I need to do the files from the year, to get those ready to move and next year’s set up.

There’s no class tonight. A couple of people are out of town. Tempus is really tired, so unless he curls up on the sofa and sleeps some more, we’ll probably head home at closing time.

A Ken Gagne Photo from 12/29/16!


220px-Allium_cernuum_2853Today’s Plant is Nodding OnionAllium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water and oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium

220px-English_-_Martyrdom_of_Saint_Thomas_Becket_-_Walters_W3415V_-_Open_Reverse170px-ThomasBecketcandleToday’s feast is the day of Thomas a Becket. He was Archbishop of Canterbury when he was assassinated in the cathedral. It was a deed that shocked even the violent medieval world. There is some of the history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Becket Senista heather, Erica genistopha, is the plant associated with this Saint.

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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 1/1/18 at 6:24pm. Waxing Gibbous MoonFrom seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 12/31 at 6:24am.

A week later, Mercury is considerably brighter. And notice how the configuration of Jupiter, Mars, and Alpha Librae has changed.
Mercury should be an easy catch now low in the dawn. Look for it far lower left of Jupiter, as shown in the middle scene above (their visibility as dawn grows bright is exaggerated there).
This evening, look lower left of the waxing gibbous Moon for <<< Aldebaran, and upper left of the Moon for the Pleiades >>>.
Venus and Saturn are out of sight, hidden behind the glare of the Sun.
Saturn – The ringed planet disappeared from evening skies in November and now lies on the far side of the Sun. It will therefore not be visible this month and you will have to wait until 2018 to see it again.

Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
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

Sun in Capricorn
Moon in Taurus
Uranus (1/2), Ceres (3/18) Retrograde
Color – Green

Planting 12/28-9


©2017 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 –
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming


Waves tide

Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
F   29      Low   2:19 AM     2.5   7:52 AM     Set  3:37 AM      75
~    29     High   8:39 AM     8.6   4:45 PM    Rise  2:18 PM
~    29      Low   3:44 PM     0.3
~    29     High   9:58 PM     6.3


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Listen more carefully.


Newsletter Journal PromptJournal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Some of us are like wheelbarrows — only useful when pushed and very easily upset. — Jack Herbert



~  A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.  – Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) English writer
~  A vision without action is called a daydream; but then again, action without a vision is called a nightmare – Jim Sorensen
~  All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. – Adlai E. Stevenson
~  Allow for human nature especially your own. – Arnold Bennett

“When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, “What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?”
“They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,” Pa said. “Go to sleep, now.”
But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods,…
She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago. – Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods


Magick – Lore – Spirit: The Divine Huntress – Categories: Inspiration
[Note: from:  The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz]

In Greek mythology there is a story about Artemis, the divine huntress. Artemis was the supreme huntress because the way she hunted was effortless.  She fulfilled her needs so easily and lived in perfect harmony with the forest.

Everything in the forest loved Artemis, and to be hunted by her was an honor.

It never seemed like Artemis was hunting; whatever she needed came to her.  That is why she was the best hunter, but this also made her the most difficult prey.

Her animal form was a magical deer that was almost impossible to hunt. Artemis lived in perfect harmony in the forest, until one day a king gave an order to Hercules, the son of Zeus, who was searching for his own transcendence.

The order was that Hercules had to hunt the magical deer of Artemis. Hercules, being the undefeated son of Zeus, did not refuse; he went to the forest to hunt the deer.  She let Hercules come close, but when Hercules tried to capture her, she ran.  There was no way Hercules could get this deer unless he became a better hunter than Artemis. Hercules called upon Hermes, the messenger of the Gods, the fastest one, to lend him his wings.  Now Hercules was as fast as Hermes, and soon the most valuable prey was in the hands of Hercules.  You can imagine the reaction of Artemis.

She was hunted by Hercules, and of course she wanted to get even.  She wanted to hunt Hercules, and she did her best to capture him, but Hercules was now the most difficult prey.  Hercules was so free and although she tried and tried, Artemis could not capture him. Artemis didn’t need Hercules at all.  She felt a strong need to have him, but of course it was only an illusion.

She believed she was in love with Hercules, and she wanted him for herself.  The one thing on her mind was to get Hercules, and it became an obsession until she was no longer happy.  Artemis started to change. She was no longer in harmony with the forest because now she hunted just for the pleasure of getting the prey.  Artemis broke her own rules and became a predator.  The animals were afraid, and the forest started to reject her, but Artemis didn’t care.  She didn’t see the truth; she only had Hercules on her mind. Hercules had many works to do, but sometimes he would go to the forest to visit Artemis.  Every time he did, Artemis did her best to hunt him.  When she was with Hercules, she felt so happy to be with him, but she knew he would leave, and she became jealous and possessive.

Every time Hercules left, she suffered and she cried.  She hated Hercules, but she loved him also. Hercules had no idea what was going on in the mind of Artemis; he didn’t notice she was hunting him.  In his mind, he was never the prey.  Hercules loved and respected Artemis, but this is not what she wanted.  Artemis wanted to own him; she wanted to hunt him and be the predator with him.  Of course everyone in the forest noticed the difference in Artemis except her.  In her mind she was still the divine huntress.  She didn’t have the awareness that she had fallen.  She wasn’t aware that the heaven that was the forest had become hell, because after her fall, the rest of the hunters fell with her; they all became predators.

One day Hermes took on an animal form, and just as Artemis was ready to destroy Hermes, he became a God and she rediscovered the wisdom she had lost.  He let her know she had fallen, and with this awareness Artemis went to Hercules to ask for forgiveness.  It was nothing but her personal importance that brought her to that fall.  In talking to Hercules she realized she had never offended him because he didn’t know what was going on in her mind.  Then she looked around the forest and she saw what she had done to the forest.  She apologized to every flower and to every animal until she received love.  Once again, Artemis became the divine huntress……..

Humans hunt for love.  We feel that we need that love because we believe we don’t have love, because we don’t love ourselves.  We hunt for love in other humans just like us, expecting to get love from them when these humans are in the same condition as we are. They don’t love themselves either, so how much love can we get from  them?…When Artemis became aware of her fall, she went back to herself, because everything she needed was inside herself.  It is the same for all of us, because all of us are like Artemis after she fell and before her redemption.  We are hunting for love.  We are hunting for justice and happiness.  We are hunting for God {Goddess} but God {Goddess} is inside us.

Check out today’s Pagan Planner:
http://www.turningthewheel.org/jancalendar.htm <http://www.turningthewheel.org/jancalendar.htm>


motif Silliness SmilieSilliness – The Little Turtle

A little turtle begins to climb a tree slowly. After long hours of effort, he reaches the top, jumps into the air waving his front legs, until he crashes heavily into the ground with a hard knock on his shell.

After recovering his consciousness, he starts to climb the tree again, jumps again, and knocks the ground heavily again.

The little turtle persisted again and again while a couple of birds sitting at the edge of a branch, watched the turtle with pain. Suddenly the female bird says to the male,

“Dear, I think it’s time to tell our little turtle he is adopted.”

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