Kinda gloomy-looking out there, but dry for the moment, anyway. The wind is blowing a styrofoam food box around in circles in the parking lot. 51F, wind at 9 and it was gusting well beyond that, earlier, AQI at 20. We got a little over a tenth of an inch of rain, yesterday. It seemed like a lot more. There’s a pretty substatial chance of rain over the next few days and then it looks like tapering off again. There’s 2 inches of rain forecast for Monday, but then 1/2 an inch was forecast for yesterday….
Yesterday was fairly quiet. We did have some folks in shopping, mostly for Christmas presents. I worked on writing more herb headers and sorting out some files of such info. Tempus was working in back and we went right on until midnight….
Today we’ve already had the Herbs Workshop. We did a lot of bagging of herbs and then made wood butter and crushed eggshells for fertilizer. There’s still Sewing at 3pm and I’m hoping we’re going to get going on inventorying herbs before we start hanging the new stuff. I have a bunch of headers that are printed, so while I’m waiting for Tempus to finish what he’s doing, I’ll get started on getting those cut, stapled, punched and added to inventory.
Today’s plant is Oregon Iris, Iris tenax. I grew up calling Iris flowers “ladies’ ball gowns”. Local peoples used the tough leaves for making string and rope mostly for snares. – Feminine, Venus, Water – sacred to Iris and Juno, their magicks are used for purification and magicks including 3’s. The three petals stand for faith, wisdom and valor and can be used in magicks to promote these qualities. More on Oregon Iris here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_tenax More on Iris in general here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_%28plant%29 …and the pic on the right is my birthday boy taking a picture of some!
Today is the Consualis Ludes or Consualia, the celebration of the god of underground storehouses, secret negotiations and horse racing… Horse racing? Chariot races, anyway! Today the underground temple of Consus was opened just for this single day in the year and the storing of grain commenced. The Lares, the household gods of the Romans, were also honored. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consualia
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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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From 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 12/21 at 9:49am.
Now, in early evening, Mars shines to the right of the first-quarter Moon. Look above them for the Great Square of Pegasus. As evening grows late, Mars tilts down to the Moon’s lower right.
Plan ahead: Venus will occult a 6th-magnitude star on the morning of December 21st for parts of eastern and central North America. But this observation will be tricky! See December 20th below.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 6:49 a.m. on this date). The Moon doesn’t rise until shortly after noon local time, however, and by the time darkness sets in, our satellite appears 55 percent lit. The Moon shines in the south after dusk with Mars about 10° (a fist at arm’s length) to its right, under the Great Square of Pegasus, and lies in far southern Pisces.
Orion is in good view in the south after dinnertime now. Gemini is to its left (as seen from the world’s mid-northern latitudes). The head stars of the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, are at the left end of the Gemini constellation — one over the other, with Castor on top. High above Orion is Aldebaran, at one tip of the V-shaped asterism made by the brightest stars of the Hyades cluster. And high above Aldebaran and the Hyades are the Pleiades, a smaller but brighter cluster. The Pleiades are about as big as your fingertip at arm’s length. The Hyades are 150 light-years distant and the Pleiades are about 440, which is the only reason why the Pleiades appear smaller. Far to their left shines bright Capella, magnitude zero.
Mercury lies 21° west of the Sun today, its greatest elongation during this current morning apparition. It rises nearly two hours before our star and climbs 10° above the southeastern horizon 45 minutes before sunrise. The innermost planet shines at magnitude –0.4, easily bright enough to see with the naked eye (though binoculars will help you pick it out of the twilight glow). When viewed through a telescope, Mercury’s 7″-diameter disk appears slightly gibbous.
Mercury (magnitude –0.4) is having its best dawn apparition of 2018. Look for it low above the southeast horizon, 24° lower left of Venus, about 60 to 45 minutes before sunrise. And look for Jupiter below or lower right of it. Binoculars help!
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
©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
Sa 15 High 6:27 AM 6.8 7:46 AM Rise 12:59 PM 43
~ 15 Low 12:43 PM 3.3 4:37 PM
~ 15 High 5:58 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Love heals and protects you
~ Your physical, mental and intellectual resources — continually growing and changing — are your personal capital. – Brian Tracy
~ Be a light unto the darkness, and curse it not. – Neale Donald Walsch
~ It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered. – Aeschylus
~ It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes. – Sally Field
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold. –William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)
They come, the winter women, at harvest time
Turning the great Yule wheel, cross-quartered,
Down Persephone’s dark road
While the earth weeps a mother’s tears.
The Baba comes to the barn,
Corn Mother, Corn Maiden, Old Wife, Oatwife
Tossed high on the harvest, dancing, queening it she comes
The year’s last sheaf come home.
Creeping she comes, the Old Wife of the Celts,
Cailleach Bheur, hag goddess, crag goddess,
Leaping from the rocks to lock the Bride of spring away.
She whistles up her winter winds, that pack of dogs
That follow dark Frau Gaude on her icy rounds.
Keening she comes! You careless ones,
Who leave your doorways cracked ajar
Will hear her dogs’ keen whining at your hearth.
You lazy spinsters, mind your distaff’s full
And wind your spindles tidy by the fire
Lest Berchta send you plague or blind your eyes for spying.
Sweep your altar stone
And pile the green boughs high to call her forth
To tell your future in the flames where past and
present mingle at your hearth.
Bright candle flames now wreath her, crowned in lingonberry,
Saint Lucia bringing light out of the heart of Northern darkness.
She brings you gifts of plenty, La Befana sweeping on
Beware, and honor her! Lest your Epiphany be black as
Black it was, in the beginning,
When the sun was on the far side of the world
And Spider Woman made the long journey with her pot of clay
To bring the sun back to the Cherokee.
Mary brought the Son, they say, the Prince of Peace —
For unto us a child is born! and the year begins anew.
Children carol for her, Kolyada, whiterobed in her snowy sleigh
In her deep Russian woods of frozen winter streams
where the winter nymphs, Rusalky, sing their secret solstice songs.
There in those winter woods was born the Snegurochka,Snow Maiden,
Ancient spirit, daughter of spring and winter come to earth.
At Candlemas, cross-quarter time, the Old Hag springs again,
But this time Brigit’s cross wheels high above the door
And the frail Snow Maiden melts into her summer lover’s arms.
See where they come, the winter women, in the bleak midwinter night
To summon up the sun and bring us light. – Used With Permission – Submitted By Dame Niamh
- c) Lynn Noel 1990 and 1991 for Tapestry Folkdance
Center production of Summon the Sun! Carols and Rituals for Winter Solstice