It’s a trash can migration day! We used to live in a spot when the trash cans would all collect at the end of the street. You could see them inching past all day long. Grandma got a huge kick out of watching them. ….and then there was the storm where one committed sepuku, 30 feet up in a tree….. perfect cut…. Wind! For awhile it was running at 24mph in Bayshore and gusting into the 30’s. Cleft in the Rock reported 47mph…. We’re under a HIGH WIND WARNING, HIGH SURF ADVISORY and GALE WARNING today, although things have calmed down a bit since the rain moved in…. within the last 20 minutes…. 48F, Wind at 22mph, gusting into the 30’s, AQI 56. It should be calmer and drier tomorrow, then wet again on Sunday/Monday and Tuesday with more wind on Tuesday.
Yesterday whipped past in a flurry. I was up early for once and got the newsletter done in good time. Getting the pointers up was a different problem, because I had a counseling session come in just as I was in the middle. Well, they got done.
The Catch-up class was going on from 2-4pm and Phil came in during that hoping to talk. Tempus chatted with him for a bit and promised to dig out a book that he’s looking for. Two students are caught up with each other. I wish I knew what happened to the other one?
So I got a nap and then got to work on Herb stuff again. Eventually Tempus was rumpusing around getting ready for the paper route. At least this time he remembered his tea! By then I was sorting mail and by the time he started the regular route (1:30) I was starting newsletters since I forgot about those on Tuesday. I had them done by a little past 3am.
I was fluffing around trying to find tools and things and I couldn’t reach a bunch of them. Tempus swung by after the Bayview loop was done to grab them out for me. I also made sure he got a hug because he hit something…. it probably was a young coyote from his description and he was feeling pretty awful.
I tried to get some more starts done and accomplished a couple before Tempus called and was nearly back at the shop. So I got my stuff together and we took off. We had a good run in Bayshore despite the wind that tried to send several papers in strange directions, and then the run out 34 went very smoothly. You could see that dawn was starting despite the clouds and a couple of times Venus lit up the clouds.
Today he has herbs to hang up and I have more to header. We’re coffeeing and have one customer in who’s browsing to stay dry! That’s a quote… Maybe I’ll get a chance to finish those starts today. …or maybe even get back to doing some sewing. I’m about 1/3 of the way through on those pouches and only about 1/10 on the baby sewing that I have to do, and then there’s my Elizabethan gown…. The last one has to wait until I have the whole table, though.
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
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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/15 at 3:49am.
In early evening, Mars shines above the Moon. Mars is about twice as big as the Moon in physical diameter, but it’s currently 425 times farther away. Look far below them for Fomalhaut. At a distance of 25 light-years, Fomalhaut is 1.4 million times farther away than Mars.
Comet 46P/Wirtanen may or may not be visible in your binoculars, much less to the naked eye, as it sails only 7 million miles by Earth this week. It’s 3rd or 4th magnitude but very spread out, and moonlight is becoming a problem. Try for it tonight or tomorrow while the Moon is still only about first quarter. The comet will appear very large (its coma is at least 1° wide) and ghostly dim, perhaps much dimmer than your light pollution and moonlight. See Comet 46P/Wirtanen Approaches Earth for more info and a detailed enough finder chart. And keep your expectations low, regardless of uninformed media hype.
Although the calendar says December, the Summer Triangle of bright stars remains prominent during the early evening. Look for this large asterism in the western sky after darkness falls. Roughly one-third of the way to the zenith lies the Triangle’s brightest member, magnitude 0.0 Vega in the constellation Lyra. Magnitude 1.3 Deneb in Cygnus appears approximately 25° above Vega, and magnitude 0.8 Altair in Aquila resides 35° to Vega’s left. Altair sets shortly before 9 p.m. local time, destroying the geometric pattern.
Neptune, in Aquarius, is at magnitude 7.9. Uranus and Neptune are both high in the southern side of the sky these evenings. Finder charts (without Mars, which is not far from Neptune)
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 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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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
F 14 High 5:40 AM 6.7 7:45 AM Rise 12:33 PM 34
~ 14 Low 11:34 AM 3.6 4:37 PM Set 11:46 PM
~ 14 High 4:46 PM 6.0
~ 14 Low 11:33 PM 1.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I believe that this greatness, can be found in anyone, if one looks with the right perspective and from one’s inner sanctum.
~ Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him. – Scottish Proverb
~ Be like the full moon: reflect upon the world while remaining detached from it. – Tao Oracle
~ I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role models for being alive. – Gilda Radner (1946 – 1989), Entertainer
~ Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know. – William Saroyan.
Fetched a cake fer little Jake,
And fetched a pie fer Nanny,
And fetched a pear fer all the pack
That runs to kiss their Granny!
–James Whitcomb Riley
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 it’s 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. From Herbal Witchcraft – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Protective Pinecones – November 13th, 2007 – Color of the day: Maroon Incense of the day: Lavender
For a beautiful and functional arrangement, try this simple technique. Gather ten pinecones. Spray paint five of them gold. Take the other five and apply spray glue to the tips. Dust with ground cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and orange zest. Tie holly leaves and pine needles in little bundles with red ribbon. Attach the pinecones to a straw wreath with wire, and tuck the greenery, along with baby’s breath, into the open spaces. Place white candles nearby. As you hang the wreath, channel vibrations of protection into it. Visualize a blue light slowly surrounding the entire area. When you light the candles each night, call upon these energies and allow the blue bubble to form over the whole house. By: Tammy Sullivan