We have interesting weather this morning. Lots of water coming down, thrashing trees, that kind of thing, but it’s 52F. At that, the winds are less already. They were running at about 30 near the water, but now the highest that’s on the list is 25 and it’s down to 5mph in town, supposedly…..somebody ought to tell that gust that just rattled the building…. We’d had 7/10 of an inch of rain at 8am. Now, it’s reading 0.85 inches!
Yesterday was quiet and nice. We baked the cabbage rolls for supper and they turned out to be perfect! That makes me happy. I worked on my embroidery and finished it, then started sewing the pouch and did it wrong-side out. <sigh> So, that’s all to take out and re-do. We got our chores done, all but finishing the dishes, and even managed to get a few more things put away and off the floor.
I was up early this morning. Antsy, for some reason, although it’s probably the wind… I spent a while on computer housekeeping, then woke Tempus and we got moving. I got some pix in the sunroom and then one of the hellebore and fuchsia that are blooming. Tempus waited long enough to follow me, that while I was only dripped on from the trees, he got pretty soggy. I think we’re past the peak of the storm, though. The barometer has pretty well hit bottom and things are picking back up.
We took a couple of minutes to run past the Seal Rock PO for a package, then headed to the shop. The trees were whipping around and by the viewpoint the ocean was whipped to a froth. All the little hind-dunes lakes are full and so is the marsh. Coming past the viewpoint and over the bridge the car got pretty bounced around. The Bay was very green with whitecaps and spume flying, enough so that you couldn’t see the Mouth… just the Jaws. All the distances were obscured. Visibility is at 2….
Tempus dropped me here and ran a couple of errands. He’s back, trying to get warmed back up, since the wind drives the cold in, and making coffee. We have a lot of stuff to sort around this morning and then the usual chores to do, some dishes and then I want to either make some more of the cabbage rolls or try making dumplings.
I want to get the work table cleaned off and scrubbed down, though, so I can sew later. I need to get a liner made for the laundry basket, so things quit catching on the wicker and there is mending and such to work on. I’ll go over to handwork, though, if anyone comes in.
Because this one bears repeating….
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
On today’s date in 1783 London’s River Thames froze over and a ‘Frost Fair’ was held on the frozen river. It has been said that 3,000,000 people attended. A Frost Fair is a nearly spontaneous celebration held only when a major river freezes as it did in that year and in a number of others in that century. In one they walked an elephant across the ice! “From 1400 into the 19th century, there were 24 winters in which the Thames was recorded to have frozen over at London; if “more or less frozen over” years (in parentheses) are included, the number is 26: 1408, 1435, 1506, 1514, 1537, 1565, 1595, 1608, 1621, 1635, 1649, 1655, 1663, 1666, 1677, 1684, 1695, 1709, 1716, 1740, (1768), 1776, (1785), 1788, 1795, and 1814. ” More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thames_frost_fairs
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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 1/16 at 6:17pm. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 1/12 at 9:17am.
Mars and Jupiter have moved farther apart in the dawn by the time the Moon passes them . . .In the early dawn of Friday the 12th, the waning crescent Moon hangs to the lower left of Jupiter and Mars. It’s above Antares by a fairly similar distance. Very far to their lower left, near the southeast horizon, use binoculars to help find Mercury and Saturn as dawn brightens. They’re only about 1° apart. Mercury, on the right, is the brighter of the two.
After dinnertime at this coldest time of the year (on average, for many places), the dim Little Dipper hangs straight down from Polaris, the end of its long handle — as if from a nail on the cold north wall of the sky. In warm June, by contrast, the Little Dipper’s bowl floats up from Polaris, like a helium balloon escaped from a summer party, trailing its string.
Uranus (magnitude 5.8, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are best hunted right after dark — when Uranus is high in the south and Neptune hasn’t yet sunk too low in the southwest. Use our finder charts onlineor in the October Sky & Telescope, page 50.
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 Runic half-month of Perdhro/ Peorth, 1/12-1/27. – Feast of Brewing, Druidic, Source: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar.
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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
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
Th 11 Low 1:46 AM 2.8 7:51 AM Rise 3:00 AM 31
~ 11 High 8:09 AM 7.9 4:58 PM Set 1:30 PM
~ 11 Low 3:18 PM 1.1
~ 11 High 9:32 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – No matter what happens in life, remember that you don’t have the power to control everything, But you do have the power to control how it affects you.
~ We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust. – Rumi
~ What appear to be certainties can often turn out to be entanglements. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. – Emerson
~ Whatever it is that you’re doing in this moment is all that there is to do. So, pay attention. – Ven. Eshu
Then welcome, cold, welcome, ye snowy nights!
Heaven midst your rage shall mingle pure delights.
And confidence of hope the soul sustain,
While devastation sweeps along the plain:
Nor shall the child of poverty despair,
But bless the Power that rules the changing year;
Assured, though horrors round his cottage reign,
That Spring will come, and Nature smile again. – Robert Bloomfield (1766–1823)
Ceremony for Candlemas Eve
Down with the Rosemary and Bayes
Down with the Mistletoe
Instead of Holly, now upraise
The greener Box (for Show).
The Holly hitherto did sway
Let Box now domineer;
Until the dancing Easter-day
Or Easter’s Eve appear. ~Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
A medieval quatrain fills in a few more sketchy details:
Tasting every food in order
This is what behoves at Imbolc
Washing of hand and feet and head
It is thus I say!
At the fireside
At the fireside
I want to sing.
At the fireside
I want to call spirits.
Here among you
my body will rest
while my soul travels
to the center of the earth.
When I return, I will sing:
children, here is what
I have learned, here
is what you need to know.
Go with the sun!
Direct your steps to her,
to the mother of morning! ~Siberian Shaman Chant
Silliness – Morning…– Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good morning, Lord,” And there are those who wake up in the morning and say, “Good Lord, it’s morning.”