Everything is still wet, but it’s only cloudy. 50F, wind at 12-14mph and gusting, AQI57, UV0. Chance of rain 8% today and tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY until 10pm tonight. Today should be dry, but by sunrise tomorrow we’re back to rain and showers, some heavy, over the next 10 days.
Yesterday was kinda depressing. I was low on energy, although I got enough sleep and the news about Chuck Yeager’s death knocked me right down. I know, I know, he was in his 90’s, ought to expect it, right? But I’m with my Babicka that *I’m* only “tventy-tree”, so he couldn’t possibly be that old. Last time that we’ll hear, “I’m only going down to the corner store for a pack of gum.” Fly well, Chuck!
I watched some videos from favorite singing groups and those were all depressing, and the found a video of babies “firsts”. Those made me laugh, but then I was right back down in the dumps. Tempus got me coffee and twice-baked potatoes, hoping that would help…. not enough….
…and then it was nearly dark already, so he hurried over to the post office to get the mail. I got the rest of the fabric for the ornaments I’m trying to finish. …but once I’d gone through the mail I was right back in the slumps. Ugh!
It makes it hard to get going on anything. Once I’m going, I’m going, and inertia keeps me there, but getting started….. ….and to make me feel better Tempus went *back* out and got me a Vicki’s Big Wheel chocolate shake (it’s $2 Tuesday, or we thought so. That’s only 1st Tuesday!). He’s so good to me.
Amor caught me in chat and we had fun, talking. I had an A&S meeting, but a couple of guys got started and nobody else was getting a word in edgewise. Tempus decided to head out to the spring, so I went with him to look at the light displays. After that he needed to head out and I went to bed.
I’m up for a few to get this out and then I’m heading back to sleep. Today is our laundry day, if nothing else, and there are always a few chores, but that does assume that Tempus wakes up while it’s still “day”.
Today’s Plant is Cittim Bark (Cascara), Rhamnus purshiana. It is a potent laxative and has been used for that for centuries. –Masculine, Saturn, Earth – Sprinkle an infusion of this around the home before legal proceedings, to help you win your case. It is used in money spells and worn in a brown cloth amulet will protect again evil influences and hexes. It can be sewn into a poppet to attract those influences away from you, but place this outside at night, especially.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascara_Sagrada
In the time of the collapse of the Roman Empire, Rome itself was taken over by the Ostrogoths, one of the many sacks of the city that happened. On this day in 536, Belisarius, a brilliant general recaptured the city. He managed to depose the Pope during all this….. He also fought the Vandals earlier and helped keep the invasion of the Kutrigurs from taking over the Eastern Empire later in his career. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belisarius
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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 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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 12/12 at 11:17pm.
As Cassiopeia rears very high in the north-northeast after nightfall, the Big Dipper lies shyly down at its lowest due north. It’s entirely below the north horizon if you’re as far south as Miami. But by midnight the Dipper stands straight up on its handle in fine view in the northeast – while Cassiopeia has wheeled down to the northwest to again stand on end (its brighter end).
The circumpolar constellation Camelopardalis isn’t a camel, but a giraffe. It also contains some great binocular objects worth spending some time on this evening. The open star cluster Collinder 464 is about 8.5° north of magnitude 4 Alpha (α) Camelopardalis. This young grouping of stars has roughly a dozen members spread across a region between 1° and 2° in size. At its center is a 5th-magnitude star, SAO 5455. Less than 3.5° from Gamma (γ) Camelopardalis is the spiral galaxy IC 342. Despite its nickname — the Hidden Galaxy — it’s relatively easy to spot in binoculars. The name is derived from its location near the Milky Way’s galactic equator, whose dust obscures much of the galaxy’s light. Astronomers estimate that if it were located in a less dusty region of the sky, IC 342 would be visible to the naked eye.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Aries) is high in the southeast after nightfall, about 18° east (lower left) of Mars. Uranus is only 3.7 arcseconds wide, but that’s enough to appear as a tiny fuzzy ball, not a point, at high power in even a smallish telescope with sharp optics during good seeing. And while you’re there, find the 9th-magnitude asteroid 8 Flora about 10° south (lower right) of Uranus. See Bob King’s Tiny Asteroid Flora and Mighty Uranus Team Up, with finder charts and more about both. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.
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 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
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 – White
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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
W 9 Low 12:55 AM 1.2 7:41 AM Rise 1:21 AM 41
~ 9 High 7:38 AM 7.7 4:37 PM Set 1:51 PM
~ 9 Low 2:10 PM 2.0
~ 9 High 7:51 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I create a safe and protective environment in which to transform my fears.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Eyes of youth have sharp sight but commonly not so deep as those of elder age. — Elizabeth I
~ I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
~ You got to have is faith in yourself during those times when you’re not a winner. – Vince Lombardi
~ The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the lord tests the heart. – Proverbs 17:3, New International Version
~ We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet forget that he is someone today. – Author Unknown
Late lies the wintry sun a-bed,
A frosty, fiery sleepy-head;
Blinks but an hour or two; and then,
A blood-red orange, sets again. – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–94
In the British Isles, Celtic Yule traditions survive with amazing resilience. The fight of the Oak and Holly Kings, representatives of the waxing and waning year, is recalled in the still-current hunting of the wren — a custom also found in ancient Greece and Rome. In the myth behind the practice, the robin redbreast, identified with the Oak King, caught and killed the wren, representative of the waning year and the Holly King.
The robin traditionally trapped the wren in an ivy bush, in Ireland a holly bush, the Farrars write. The robin’s tree was the birch, the tree associated with the after-solstice period in the Celtic tree calendar. In the wren hunt, according to Pennick, a group of droluns (Wren Boys) captured the wren, which during the rest of the year was sacrosanct. The droluns ensconced the bird in a lantern and trooped it around the village on a holly branch on its way to death. Alternatively, men with birch rods chased the wren and killed it. Wren Boys still tour County Clare in west Ireland on December 26, now a group of adult musicians who go door to door with a wren effigy on a holly branch. In County Mayo, Wren Boys are holly-bearing children, including girls, who knock on doors repeating a traditional verse that asks for money to bury the wren.
In Scotland and the North of England, in a possibly related custom, masked and caroling children formerly celebrated Hogmany on New Year’s Eve, traveling the neighborhood soliciting oat cakes. The wren’s rival, the robin of the waxing year, was linked to Robin Hood, according to Robert Graves in The White Goddess. Robin was a god of the witches; Graves writes that a London tract of 1693 named Robin Goodfellow an ithyphallic witch-god. In Cornwall, he notes, “robin” means phallus. Robin “Hood,” or “Hod,” was thought to exist in the hod, the log at the back of the fire, in other words the Yule log. Woodlice who ran from the burning Yule log were called “Robin Hood’s steeds,” and Robin was said to escape up the chimney as a robin.
The Yule log is traditionally of oak, again connecting it with the Oak King; in some places it’s burnt bit by bit through the twelve days of Christmas, but elsewhere celebrants retain a chunk to light the next Yule log. Another British Christmas custom recalling the kings’ fight was traditional mummery, in which the brilliantly armored St. George fought and defeated a dark Turkish knight. But, as Valiente notes, the victorious St. George immediately cried out he had killed his brother, showing that “darkness and light, winter and summer, are complementary.” A mysterious doctor revived the Turk, and all rejoiced. Too often, as the Farrars write, this understanding of light and dark’s balance turns to a contest of good vs. evil. In Dewsbury, Yorkshire, for nearly seven centuries, church bells knelled “the Old Lad’s Passing” or “the Devil’s Knell” at Christmas Eve’s eleventh hour, warning the Devil that Christ was coming.
Other connections link the Holly King and the Devil. The Farrars tie the Devil’s nickname, Old Nick, to Nik, a name for Woden, “very much a Holly King.” Santa Claus — St. Nicholas — is likewise a disguised Holly King.Not only do households put up holly garlands in his honor, in early tales he rode a horse, as Woden does, rather than driving reindeer.
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