Bright sunshine after yesterday’s rain is really welcome. The sun is turning some of the last leaves on the rosebush to a green-gold. Those leaves are on the inside of the fairy garden, when they’re protected. 54F, wind at 8, gusting into the teens. AQI is back down to 22. We ended up with a little over 1/3 of an inch of rain yesterday and almost none since midnight. There’s a band of cloud headed our way that’s supposed to bring more rain tomorrow.
I finally got through all the messages on the computer and started on pictures and such, then did some writing, then finally started on my embroidery. We taste-tested the mustard that I made the other night and the bun I put it on didn’t survive the test. I was going to take a pic with a bite out of it and it had vanished by the time I got back with the camera!
I was working on the computer, looked up and out the window and yelled for Tempus to come quick! It was pouring rain, but beautiful golden light was illuminating the clouds, even if it was pouring rain. A black cloud was skimming across the scene at a great rate, so I knew he had seconds to see it. His comment was “Holey Cow!”
…and then I got sidetracked by doing a catch-up for the last student to get into the 101 class and here’s it’s 4pm and I haven’t even had *breakfast*!
Today’s plant is Candy Flower, Claytonia siberica, also called, Siberian Spring Beauty, Siberian Miner’s Lettuce or Pink Purslane) is a flowering plant in the family Montiaceae, native to Siberia and western North America. A synonym is Montia sibirica. The plant was introduced into the United Kingdom by the 18th century where it has become very widespread. It is similar to Miner’s Lettuce in properties, but not as edible. – Feminine, Moon, Water, – Sprinkling it inside the home brings happiness, so it’s good in floor washes or new home blessings. Carry it with you for luck and to protect from violence. Put it into sleep pillows or add to a dream catcher to keep away nightmares. I’ve actually slipped it between the mattress and sheets for this purpose. This one is also a spirit-lifter.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_sibirica
Lux Mundi festival, ancient Rome – Lux Mundi literally means ‘the Light of the World’. This is also another name for France’s Liberty, whose day this also is. Liberty’s torch shines hope in the world. Her statue graces New York City’s harbour, her full name being Liberty Enlightening the World.
In Roman mythology, Liberty is Libertas, the goddess of freedom. Originally a deity of personal freedom, she evolved to become the goddess of the commonwealth. Her temples were found on the Aventine Hill and the Forum. She was depicted on many Roman coins as a female figure wearing a pileus (a felt cap, worn by slaves when they were set free), a wreath of laurels and a spear … from Pip Wilson’s Almanac.
In recent times the title of Lux Mundi has been taken on by Christians to mean Jesus rather than enlightenment, so many online references reflect this. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Liberty http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libertas
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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 12/22 at 9:49pm. 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 12/11 at 11:20am.
Again the twilight crescent Moon is a bow aiming its arrow at Saturn, but now from farther away (as shown above). As soon as twilight ends, look above the Moon for Alpha and Beta Capricorni. Both are binocular double stars.
Venus (magnitude –4.8, in Virgo) rises as an eerie “UFO” above the east-southeast horizon a good two hours before the first light of dawn. As dawn arrives, Venus is the brilliant “Morning Star” dominating the southeast. Look for Spica, much fainter, increasingly far to its upper right. In a telescope Venus is a shrinking and thickening crescent, waxing from 31% to 35% sunlit this week. For the sharpest telescopic views, follow it up higher all the way past sunrise and into the blue sky of day.
With December now well underway, people’s thoughts naturally turn to the onset of winter. As if on cue, the coldest season’s most conspicuous constellation now appears prominent in the evening sky. Orion the Hunter lies low in the east at 8 p.m. local time and climbs to its peak due south around midnight. Look for three 2nd-magnitude stars in a short line that form the Hunter’s belt. The constellation’s brightest stars are ruddy Betelgeuse and blue-white Rigel.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for December
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – (RWEESH)
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 Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd – November 13- 27 – Need-fire – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
©2018 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic tree month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH) – 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).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 10 High 2:43 AM 6.9 7:42 AM Rise 10:24 AM 5
~ 10 Low 8:02 AM 3.5 4:37 PM Set 7:50 PM
~ 10 High 1:38 PM 7.9
~ 10 Low 8:43 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Hold hands with someone you love.
Journal Prompt – Expository – Select one of the following statements and rewrite is descriptively, showing it instead of telling it. In other words, paint a picture with words. Be sure to appeal to the reader’s senses. The crowd loudly cheered. The room is a mess. The meal smelled delicious.
~ A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child. – Knights of Pythagoras
~ Things are seldom what they seem, / Skim milk masquerades as cream. – Sir William Gilbert (1836-1911) English Playwright and Poet.
~ Whatever you expect, you will get. – Abraham Hicks
~ You can discover what your enemy fears the most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. – Eric Hoffer
But Winter has yet brighter scenes-he boasts
Splendors beyond what gorgeous Summer knows;
Or Autumn with his many fruits, and woods
All flushed with many hues. – William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)
Reindeer chow – Makes 4 – can be doubled or more
You need to start this during Thanksgiving weekend to leave plenty of time! We used to give this as gifts on Mikulas day or just before school let out, so that our friends had something to attract the reindeer on Christmas! Teachers always liked this, too.
- aluminum foil
- tray or cookie sheet
- 2 cups dry quick oat oatmeal
- ¼ cup water (may take more if you use old or stale oatmeal)
- 2 tbsp each red and green colored sugar or edible glitter (or any color you like).
- 5 sandwich size baggies or 5 squares of plastic wrap or cellophane about 12”x12”
- curling ribbon
- tags (printed from master)
- bowl and mixing spoon
- Put foil on tray or cookie sheet.
- Put oatmeal in bowl.
- Sprinkle with water and mix. All the “dust” should mix in or sprinkle on a teaspoon of water at a time until it does.
- Mix well.
- Spread out on foil, and sprinkle with sugar or glitter, squashing it in.
- Put in a warm out-of-the-way place and let dry for about 3 days.
- While it’s drying, take your master to the copy shop and make two copies on cardstock.
- Cut sheet in ½ and write your message on the inside.
- Punch a hole in the corner, where indicated and thread onto a piece of curling ribbon.
- When your reindeer chow is dry, break it up, but leave “chunky” like cat or dog food.
- Bag up (about 1/2 cup per) and tie with curling ribbon or set into plastic wrap and tie.
- Use ribbon to tie on the tag.
- Give away for your friends to enjoy, but save a bag for yourself!
O Little one, on Christmas Eve
Take this Magical Reindeer feed.
Wit Faery Magic, it will Light
Santa’s way through dark of night.
So place it in an outdoor spot
for when Santa makes his annual stop.
This faery charmed feed will give a lift
to make the Reindeer sure and swift. (poem 1998 copyright, Selyndria)
Making Luminarias – School for the Seasons
Every year I host a Winter Solstice party and every year I like to send my guests home with some small hand-made gift. Last year, I found the perfect gift item in an issue of Martha Stewart’s Living: luminarias made from tin cans. Although Martha featured this craft project in summer, I thought it was the perfect gift for Winter Solstice, with its symbolism of the returning light. It also resonated with the personal image I had been working with all year: of letting my light shine, instead of hiding it.
The great secret to making these little lanterns is simple. Fill empty tin cans with water and put them in the freezer until the water is frozen. Then you can use a hammer and nail to make designs in the sides. After making enough lanterns for all 40 guests at my party, I learned some handy tips.
The best cans to use are condensed milk cans. [anja note, or canned mushroom cans] They are the only cans I found in a year of collecting that don’t have corrugated sides. Although the corrugated sides aren’t noticeable when the lantern is in use, they aren’t as attractive when the lights are on since the corrugations obscure the design.
To make the designs, brace the tin can against a towel, set the point of the nail where you want the hole to appear, and hammer away. The ice tends to chip away from the rim so begin at the top and work your way down. But don’t go too far. The biggest design flaw of my lanterns is that the wax leaks out of the bottom holes as the candle burns down. I invited friends over to help me make the lanterns and I enjoyed watching them come up with creative designs. I started out with fairly repetitive patterns, like crosses, stars, flowers (one dot in the center surrounded by 5 other dots) and borders of staggered dots. But you can also make sun symbols (a circle around a dot), wave patterns, diagonal lines, vertical lines of varying lengths, or simply scatter random dots across the surface, like stars in space. I suppose you could write your name or the name of a friend. You can use a screwdriver and other wood-working tools to make more complicated patterns than simple nail holes, especially if you are using large cans. But be careful. The heavier force of the screwdriver crumpled the sides of the flimsy tin cans I was using.
Also be careful when inserting candles into the lanterns. The inside edges are very sharp. For the same reason, I would be cautious about giving these to small children. I own a beautiful decorative tin lantern made in Mexico. It is made from a sheet of tin which was pierced, while lying flat, then bent into a circle and fitted onto a base. In this version, the sharp edges are all on the outside, making it easier to insert and light a candle.
My house was beautiful last Winter Solstice, glowing with these little tin lanterns. There were many left, after the guests departed with the lanterns they chose, and they’ve been put to good use all year long. I light one on my desk when I’m doing my writing, to indicate my recognition of the sacred nature of my work. A few found a place on the bathroom counter and are lit for candlelight baths. A few more garnish the piano, and ornament my altar. I know there are more packed away in the Christmas box. I look forward to setting them out and seeing how the house is transformed by the flickering light, like the sparkle of hundreds of stars, of my Winter Solstice luminarias.
[Another Anja note – You can use tea lights in these and avoid the wax leak problem and you can also use glass votive holders]
Laminated Window Hangings for Yule
you will need:
– lined paper
– laminating paper
– Yule cookie cutters(the big ones)
– scissors & a single hole punch
– a pencil
what to do:
- Lightly trace the shapes of trees, stars or other Yule figures with your pencil.
- Cut out those shapes with scissors.
- Colour in the shapes with your crayons lightly.
- Laminate the shapes with laminate paper, and cut off the excess edges, leave about 3mm extra laminate paper.
- Punch a hole through the top of the shape and hang it up in your window.