The shop opens at 1pm. Winter hours are 1pm-5pm Thursday through Monday (although we’re often here, later). Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
Mostly cloudy, 49F, wind at 2-10mph and gusting, AQI 23-33, UV1. Chance of rain 3% today and 18% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 6pm on Tuesday and a HIGH SURF ADVISORY from 7am today to 7am tomorrow. Today and Wednesday ought to be mostly dry, but Tuesday and from Thursday on, we’re back to rain and rain showers.
Yesterday was kinda fun for me. It’s nice to do something a little different. I started the day with doing up the rest of the custard tarts. After that I baked up the scraps with some of the Everything But The Bagel seasoning. Those are really tasty!
We had a few people in. There were some who Tempus worked with while I was doing the tarts and then one set I got to blathering to about the history stuff that we do, and they were there when the scraps came out, so they got some, too! That’s always fun. I *like* feeding people! 🙂
Later I got going on twice-baked potatoes and then another set of chicken and dumplings. Tempus napped on the sofa while I was working. It’s amazing how fast the time slipped by. The dumplings were finally cooking by 7:30. One escaped when I was trying to test for doneness and did the high-bounce ball thing across the floor. 🙂 They were really stout, but smaller this time, so not so dry.
When I got up to work on this newsletter at 1am the internet was down. It took me most of an hour to get things running properly again. Tempus headed out for the paper run at 2:20 or so. ….by then I finally had access to everything I needed. That was *frustrating*!
Tempus and I have gotten bills paid tonight. I just had to call him for a policy number. The website used to have that info, drattit!
Today we’ll be open regular hours. I have more plant stuff to do today, now that I’m starting to get a space to work again. I also have to finish the twice-baked potatoes. I just have to do up the bacon and then stuff them. …and I have rocks to count and a couple of orders to go out. Gotta get on that!
Today’s Plant is the Coast Willow, Salix hookeriana. I’ve been mistaking it for pussy willow ever since I moved out here! Pussy Willows are a subset of the willows which also include osiers (think “wicker” for their uses). They’re all Saliciae from which, salicylic acid, the medicine Aspirin, was derived. Willow magick is Feminine, Moon and Water. Willow wands can be used for healing, to sleep with for more vivid dreams, Drawing Down the Moon, or for protection in underworld journeying. The Willow will bring the blessings of the Moon upon those who plant it or have it on their property. Willows can be used to bind together witch’s brooms and a forked willow branch is widely used in water witching and dowsing. New Moon magick, creativity, fertility, female rights of passage, inspiration, emotion, binding. Love, Love divination, protection, healing. It is also known as the tree of immortality because of its ability to re grow from a fallen branch in moist ground. These properties apply to all forms of willow, but the Coast Willow has the properties of endurance, tolerance and stubbornness as well. There’s more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org
Today is the Haloia of Demeter, the feast of the beginning of her long search for her daughter. More here: http://witchofstitches.blogspot.com/2009/12/haloia-of-demeter.html and on Demeter here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demeter#Demeter_and_Persephone
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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 12/14 at 8:17am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 12/7 at 4:37pm. 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 12/9 at 11:17pm.
Earliest sunset of the year, if you live near latitude 40° north. And why is this, if we’re still three weeks from the winter solstice? It’s an effect of the tilt of Earth’s axis and the eccentricity of Earth’s orbit (TW: history and geometry). This offset from the solstice date is balanced out by the opposite happening at sunrise: The Sun doesn’t rise its latest until January 4th.
Last-quarter Moon tonight (exactly last quarter at 4:37 p.m. PST). The Moon rises around midnight, below the stick-figure star pattern of Leo. Once the Moon is well up, look to its left for 2nd-magnitude Denebola, Leo’s tail-tip. They’re about 7° apart (for North America). Is this your first sighting of Leo this season? By late winter and spring, Leo will be a landmark of the early-evening sky.
The Moon passes 0.5° north of asteroid Vesta at 5 P.M. EST. They’ll both be visible early tomorrow morning in Leo the Lion.
Asteroid 16 Psyche reaches opposition at 3 P.M. EST today. This strange, potato-shaped body isn’t like most asteroids, which are composed of rock. Instead, Psyche is largely metallic, and may even be the stripped core of a tiny planet that never was. Its unique composition has made it the target of the upcoming Psyche mission, set to launch in 2022. To see Psyche’s magnitude 9.5 glow, wait until an hour or two after dark. It’s located near one horn of Taurus the Bull, rising in the east as the Sun sets. Use the bright, unmistakably orange-hued Aldebaran as a guidepost; you’ll find Psyche just over 6° east of the star. The region will rise higher as the hours tick by, so take your time — although you’ll want to get your observing in before the Moon rises just before midnight. Binoculars or a small scope should be all the boost you need to spot it.
Jupiter and Saturn (magnitudes –2.0 and +0.6, respectively) tilt ever farther down in the southwest during and after twilight. Look early. Jupiter is the bright one; Saturn is upper left of it. Watch their separation shrink from 1.8° to 1.1° this week (from December 4th to 11th). Telescopic views will be disappointing, with the planets low in poor seeing. Jupiter and Saturn will pass just 0.1° from each other at their conjunction on December 21st, low in the sunset. That’s about the width of a toothpick at arm’s length. The two giants have conjunctions about every 20 years, but this will be their closest one visible in our lifetimes.
Old Farmer’s Almanac October Sky Map – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-october
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, 1992
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH)
Chiron (12/12) Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Silver
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Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – 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.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 7 High 5:59 AM 6.9 7:39 AM Set 1:01 PM 63
~ 7 Low 11:43 AM 3.5 4:37 PM
~ 7 High 5:04 PM 6.5
~ 7 Low 11:57 PM 0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If quitters never win, and winners never quit, then who is the fool who said, “Quit while you’re ahead?”
Journal Prompt – Favorites – When you were younger, what was your favorite bedtime story? Explain why you liked it so much.
~ The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace. – Kate Chopin
~ Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. – Dan Coyle
~ How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will. – Albert Einstein
~ He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epicetus, Greek philosopher
Now see stern Winter nearer draw,
Sol’s feeble rays refuse to thaw
What Winter’s frost congeal’d;
And lo! the flakey snows appear,
Proclaim the approach of Christmas near,
And deck in white the field. – William Cole (1824)
Winter Solstice Meditation
I invite you to take time to visit your dark side in silence and observation and reverence dare to see yourself as you are
– what would I do if there were no norms, values or laws to restrict me?
– how would I act detrimentally if I didn’t care about the response from family or friends?
I invite you to take time to call out from the dark in words and unfettered prayer dare to call out for all you can become
– what could I do if I dare followed my heart and revealed my higher Self?
– how could I act beneficially if I didn’t shrink fearing the response from family or friends?
With these thoughts and prayers, relish all that you are – human incarnated.
Solstice Meditation and Visualization
Winter Solstice is an excellent time to undergo a vision quest to find your magickal name, a totem animal, a mantra, or other empowering insights. This meditation is meant to accent that quest by opening your awareness to the power within and without all things. Begin in a standing position. Center yourself and breathe deeply. Slowly take off your mundane clothes., likewise removing the “World” with each. Wrap a blanket around yourself for warmth, but remain naked for the meditation. You need no trappings to discover personal power.
Sit and close your eyes. Let any remaining tension drain away, then begin listening to the sound of silence. Smell the aromas of oak and herb. Feel the latent energy of everything around you and the magick you’ve placed there. Know it is your own. Listen to your breath and your heartbeat. Sense the pulse and bb within as the same energy without. Listen closely; does it whisper a message to you? Does it whisper a name? Do you hear the cry of an animal? Do you hear words that fill you with energy? Linger in this place between Earth and stars until you receive a message. Then return to normal levels of awareness, and write the experience in your journal.
Ritual Foods – Go with your traditional holiday foods, which for me include many that have solar symbolism. Cookies are round like the sun, eggnog is golden and fertile, gingerbread is hot and spicy, and fruitcake bears red and orange highlights. As a side, try a little flaming brandy to warm you up! – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives
Five-Minute Winter Solstice Meditation by Stuart Wilde
The First Liberation is to make peace with the world. You can use the night of the winter solstice, December 21st. It is the most powerful day of the year. At midnight go outside or stand on a balcony and face north. Take an ice cube with you in your left hand. And place your right hand on your heart and take three deep breaths and relax.
Then in your mind’s eye, bring up anyone that you hold rancor or resentment toward – people that have ripped you off or treated you badly. Bring the first one in your mind’s eye and breath them in eleven times and as you breath out send them love and wish them well in life, release them from your energy. Then bring up the next one and so forth until you are done.
Then finally when you are finished, take eleven very special breaths for yourself; forgive yourself for any shortcomings and vow to become a better person in this next year.
The ice cube is there to remind you of the freezing cold ambience of hell. And as it melts in your hand it also reminds you how energy draining are anger, resentment and conflict. – Goddess Bless! GrannyMoon
Silliness – ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES AT THE NORTH POLE
The recent announcement that Donner and Blitzen have elected to take the early reindeer retirement package has triggered a good deal of concern about whether they will be replaced, and about other restructuring decisions at the North Pole. Streamlining was necessary due to the North Pole’s loss of dominance of the season’s gift distribution business. Home shopping channels and mail order catalogs have diminished Santa’s market share. He could not sit idly by and permit further erosion of the profit picture.
The reindeer downsizing was made possible through the purchase of a late model Japanese sled for the CEO’s annual trip. Improved productivity from Dasher and Dancer, who summered at the Harvard Business School, is anticipated. Reduction in reindeer will also lessen airborne environmental emissions for which the North Pole has received unfavorable press. I am pleased to inform you that Rudolph’s role will not be disturbed. Tradition still counts for something at the North Pole. Management denies, in the strongest possible language, the earlier leak that Rudolph’s nose got that way, not from the cold, but from substance abuse. Calling Rudolph “a lush who was into the sauce and never did pull his share of the load” was an unfortunate comment, made by one of Santa’s helpers and taken out of context at a time of year when he is known to be under executive stress.
As a further restructuring, today’s global challenges require the North Pole to continue to look for better, more competitive steps. Effective immediately, the following economy measures are to take place in the “Twelve Days of Christmas” subsidiary:
The partridge will be retained, but the pear tree never turned out to be the cash crop forecasted. It will be replaced by a plastic hanging plant, providing considerable savings in maintenance;
The two turtle doves represent a redundancy that is simply not cost effective. In addition, their romance during working hours could not be condoned. The positions are therefore eliminated;
The three French hens will remain intact. After all, everyone loves the French;
The four calling birds were replaced by an automated voice mail system, with a call waiting option. An analysis is underway to determine who the birds have been calling, how often and how long they talked;
The five golden rings have been put on hold by the Board of Directors. Maintaining a portfolio based on one commodity could have negative implications for institutional investors. Diversification into other precious metals as well as a mix of T-bills and high technology stocks appear to be in order;
The six geese-a-laying constitutes a luxury which can no longer be afforded. It has long been felt that the production rate of one egg per goose per day is an example of the decline in productivity. Three geese will be let go, and an upgrading in the selection procedure by personnel will assure management that from now on every goose it gets will be a good one;
The seven swans-a-swimming is obviously a number chosen in better times. The function is primarily decorative. Mechanical swans are on order. The current swans will be retrained to learn some new strokes and therefore enhance their outplacement;
As you know, the eight maids-a-milking concept has been under heavy scrutiny by the EEOC. A male/female balance in the workforce is being sought. The more militant maids consider this a dead-end job with no upward mobility. Automation of the process may permit the maids to try a-mending, a-mentoring or a-mulching;
Nine ladies dancing has always been an odd number. This function will be phased out as these individuals grow older and can no longer do the steps; Ten Lords-a-leaping is overkill. The high cost of Lords plus the expense of international air travel prompted the Compensation Committee to suggest replacing this group with ten out-of-work congressmen. While leaping ability may be somewhat sacrificed, the savings are significant because we expect an oversupply of unemployed congressmen this year;
Eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming is a simple case of the band getting too big. A substitution with a string quartet, a cutback on new music and no uniforms will produce savings which will drop right down to the bottom line;
We can expect a substantial reduction in assorted people, fowl, animals, and other expenses. Though incomplete, studies indicate that stretching deliveries over twelve days is inefficient. If we can drop ship in one day, service levels will be improved. Regarding the lawsuit filed by the attorney’s association seeking expansion to include the legal profession (“thirteen lawyers-a-suing) action is pending.
Lastly, it is not beyond consideration that deeper cuts may be necessary in the future to stay competitive. Should that happen, the Board will request management to scrutinize the Snow White Division to see if seven dwarfs is the right number.
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