Daily Stuff 12-29-20 Thomas a Becket

Hi, folks!

Minus Tide at 6:31 PM of -0.6 feet. The shop is open only by appointment until the COVID #s come down, and we’ll probably stay closed until 2/1.Watch here for notifications about that! For appointments contact us at 541-563-7154, anjasnihova@yahoo.com, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door! Featured photo by Ken Gagne.

Clear and 36F with an amazing Moon and stars! Wind at 1-5 mph and gusting, AQI 7-30, UV1 Chance of rain 3% today and 71% tonight. We’re under a SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY through 4pm, a GALE WATCH from this everything through Wednesday evening and a GALE WARNING from 1am through 3pm on Wednesday. Sounds like some interesting weather! We’re due for a repeat on Saturday and something similar on Tues/Wed including heavy rain for all three. The rest of the 10-day looks like rain and showers. Enjoy today!

Tempus was all kinds of bouncy when he got home yesterday morning. Not only had he gotten some grocery shopping, was in exactly the right place at Moonset, up one of the hills where he had a perfect view of the horizon. He watched in set, very red, and it flashed green just as it went over the horizon! Now *that’s* special!

Yesterday flew past again. Both of us were catching up on mail and paperwork. Eventually, I got some cooking done and worked on sorting out some of the feast gear that needs to go back in the shelves. I even did a little on my office space, but I wrote more than I worked on that. Tempus was working on small chores, too.

Today is more of the same, but the bulk route means Tempus starts early tonight. He was also saying something about heading out to the spring and I really need to water plants.

A Ken Gagne Photo from 12/29/16!


Today’s Plant is Nodding OnionAllium cernuum. This is sometimes called Lady’s Leek. It’s an edible plant in the Allium family, but not particularly choice. (Yeah, personal experience…) It’s called “Nodding” because the inflorescences, the “flower”, tend to droop, unlike a lot of the alliums that end up with a ball on a stick. Most of the plants in this family are edible, but be careful! There are a few that are either disgusting or at least mildly poisonous and there are bulbs that *are* poisonous that are easy to mistake. Onions have been very important as a food/nutrition source for a long while and have even been worshiped at times. These are grown as ornamentals, mostly, but are found wild here on the coast. – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Isis – Cut and dry the flowers and add to a grapevine or rosemary wreath for a house protection spell. These are great for house blessings. Grown in pots indoors or in the garden they protect against evil and particularly against poisonous snakes. When you harvest in the fall, make a decorative braid of onions and hang over bedroom doors to prevent infections. Nodding onions are great for this purpose because, not being particularly great as food, you won’t mind replanting them in the spring as they start to sprout! Purify swords and athames after particularly heavy magicks, by rubbing the blade with a cut bulb, then wash with clear water and oil with rosemary-infused almond oil. Place the dried flowers in a vase at the head of the bed, or pack into a pillow sachet to help clarify prophetic dreams. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_cernuum and on Alliums here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium


Today’s feast is the day of Thomas a Becket. He was Archbishop of Canterbury when he was assassinated in the cathedral. It was a deed that shocked even the violent medieval world. There is some of the history here:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Becket
Senista heather, Erica genistopha, is the plant associated with this Saint.

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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 12/29 at 7:28pm. Full Moon – The day of, the day before, and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 12/31 at 7:28am. 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 1/12 at 9pm.


Full Moon over Ještěd, Milan Hamr Dvořák

Full Moon (exact at 7:28 p.m. PST). The Moon shines in Gemini, left of Orion during the evening. It forms a nearly equilateral triangle with bright Capella high above it and orange Aldebaran to their upper right. The Moon is very geologically dead. But perhaps not entirely so. Rows of relatively young boulders scattered along the tops of some mare wrinkle ridges, those that overlie deep volcanic dikes, indicate something going on in recent geologic times. The boulders are no more than 25 to 300 million years old, just a hundredth to a tenth the age of the plains they apparently emerged from. See Charles Wood’s “Exploring the Moon” column in the December Sky & Telescope, page 52, with maps of where they lie.

Because our bright satellite washes out much of the sky with its glare, consider getting to know some of the terrain on Earth’s closest neighbor instead. The face of the Moon we see from Earth has several dark splotches visible to the naked eye. These are its maria, or seas, although they were never filled with water. Instead, these dark regions are ancient lava flows. Some of the most easily recognizable are Mare Imbrium and Oceanus Procellarum in the lunar west (the Moon’s left side as you see it in the sky), and Mare Serenitatis, Mare Tranquillitatis, and Mare Fecunditatis in the lunar east (the Moon’s right side in the sky).

Bright rays – Tycho is a young, rayed crater easily visible on the face of the Moon. Over time, scientists expect its bright rays to fade. – Davide Simonetti (Flickr)

Near the bottom of the Moon is a large crater — Tycho — with long, bright rays of material stretching almost halfway up the face of our satellite. These are made of material thrown up during the impact that formed the crater, which traveled great distances in the Moon’s low gravity to ultimately sink down to the ground much farther away.

Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) is lower in the southwest right after dark. Neptune is 2.3 arcseconds wide, harder to resolve than Uranus except in very good seeing. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune.

Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2020 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-2020-rotation-stars

Runic half-month of Eihwaz/Eoh 12/28-1/11 Represents the dead, and the yew tree, sacred to Winter shamanism. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books


Goddess Month of Hestia runs from 12/26 – 1/22
Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20
Uranus (1/14/21) Retrograde
Color – Grey
Planting 12/30-31
©2020 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright


Celtic Tree Month of Beth/Birch, Dec 24 – Jan 20, Beith – (BEH), birch – The silver birch (Betula pendula Roth) is the most common tree birch in much of Europe. It grows up to 30 m (100 feet) high, but is more often found in spreading clumps on sandy soils. It is one of the first trees to colonize an area after a mature forest is cut; this is probably a large part of its symbolic connection with new beginnings. It is cultivated in North America, often under the name of weeping birch. The three trees in my front yard form root sprouts that would take over the bed where they are planted if I didn’t cut them back. The common birch (B. pubescens Ehrh.) is almost as widespread as the silver birch, but grows primarily on acid or peaty soils. It can reach 20 m (65 feet) in height. Birches are members of the Birch family (Betulaceae). Curtis Clark

Beth – Birch – Ogam letter correspondences –
Month: November
Color: White
Class: Peasant
Letter: B
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.

Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
Month: None
Color: Orange-brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: PH, IO
Meaning: New experiences and information coming


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time    Feet     Sunset                                    Visible
Tu  29     High  12:29 AM     6.6   7:52 AM     Set  7:40 AM      98
~    29      Low   5:34 AM     3.6   4:45 PM    Rise  4:25 PM
~    29     High  11:20 AM     8.5
~    29      Low    6:31 PM    -0.6


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You matter.


Journal Prompt – What is? – What is the worst natural disaster, such as a thunderstorm, blizzard, or earthquake, you have ever experienced? Write a narrative describing the disaster.



~   When one has much to put into them, a day has a hundred pockets. – Nietzsche
~   A fool judges people by the presents they give him. – Chinese Proverb       
~   The greater part of progress is the desire to progress. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
~   As we go through the day we find ourselves focusing on past experiences or future possibilities.  We are so involved in yesterday and tomorrow that we never even notice that today is slipping by. – Jim  Rohn

Winter is good—his Hoar Delights
Italic flavor yield—
To Intellects inebriate
With Summer, or the World – –Emily Dickinson (1830–86)


Magick – New Year’s Lore

Our esteemed moderator has all the info on such traditions! So I’m passing this on in the knowledge that my source is not necessarily the best. – Nora (from a long-defunct forum on Delta….

New Year Traditions around the world

How it all started:

The day celebrated as New Year in the modern world was not always on January 1st.

The holiday for the celebration of the New Year is among the oldest of all holidays in the world. It was first observed in ancient Babylon*, about 4000 years ago. In the years around 2000 B.C, the Babylonian New Year began with the first New Moon (actually the first visible crescent) after the vernal equinox or the first day of spring since it is the season of rebirth, of planting new crops and of blossoming. Even today, most communities celebrates two new years, one that of English, the other pertaining to their own.

The Romans continued to observe the new year in late March, but various emperors continually tampered with their calendar so that the calendar soon became out of synchronization with the sun.

In order to set the calendar right, the Roman senate, in 153 B.C, declared January 1 to be the beginning of the New Year. But tampering continued until Julius Caesar, in 46 B.C , established the Julian calendar. It again established Jan 1 as the New Year. But in order to synchronies the calendar with sun, Caesar had to let the previous year drag on for 445 days!!!

Although in the first centuries of A.D the Romans continued celebrating the New Year, the early Catholic Church condemned as paganism. But as Christianity became more widespread the early Church began having it’s own religious observances concurrently with many of the pagan celebrations, and New Years’ Day was no different. New Year’s Day is still observed as the Feast of Christ’s Circumcision by some denomination.

During the middle ages, the Church remained opposed to celebrating New year.January 1 has been celebrated as a holiday by Western nations for only about the past 400 years or so.

Traditions like making of New Year’s Resolutions also date back to the early Babylonians. Popular modern resolutions might include the promise to lose weight or quit smoking but the most popular resolution in early Babylonia was to return borrowed farm equipment!

In most countries that follow the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Day is a public holiday (countries like the US, UK, and Canada).  Israel and India are an exception. In New York City the world famous Waterford crystal ball located high above Times Square is lowered starting at 11:59:00 PM and reaches the bottom of its lower t the stroke of midnight(12:00:00 AM) on January 1.  Other Ball Drops take place in Copacabana Beach in Rio De Janeiro and Sydney Harbour and at the Vienna New Year Concert,in Austria. This day is also the occasion of making bonfires of discarded Christmas trees in some countries.

In Scotland, there are many special customs associated with the New Year. The Scottish name for the New Year celebration is Hogmanay. In the US the New Year is associated with the image of an old Father Time with a sash leaving proclaiming the Old Year as an infant enters with a New Year sash.

New Years Eve is a separate observance from New year’s Day. In 20th century Western practice, the celebration involves partying until the wee hours of the morning drinking champagne and making merry with loved ones. New Year’s Eve is a public non working holiday in US, UK, Australia, Spain, Hong Kong, Argentina, Germany, Philippines and Venezuela. Sydney is a crowd puller in New Year’s Eve celebration of over 1.2 million people! Over 80.000 fireworks are traditionally set off from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and four other firing points covering 6 km along Sydney Harbour. The event attracts an average of 30,000 international tourists each year.

In Hong Kong people usually gather in Central, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui harbour front and to count down the New Year at spots like the Times Square and Ocean Terminal.

The Big Ben in London is the key to the New Year Celebrations there.

Around 100,000 spectators gather around Hogmanay Street party in Edinburgh, with fireworks being set off from the castle and other major hills around the city.

London Eye is also among other famous places that displays spectacular fireworks.

The moment of midnight is marked by the sound of Big Ben in the UK ; The traditional song, Auld Lang Syne sung in first moments of the New Year , after the final stroke of the of the bell ;The dropping of the “ball” on top of One Times Square in New York City, being broadcast world wide ; The launching of fireworks in Seattle towards the space needle until it reaches the top at midnight does the countdown. In Spain a centenary clock is lowered starting at 23:59:48 at ‘La Puerto del Sol’ while a grape is eaten for each second left to the New Year…,as several hundred thousand people party, the New year arrives with new hopes of peace love and prosperity on our way… 

The Chinese New Year is a lunar holiday that begins with the arrival of the second new moon following the winter solstice. It usually starts between mid-January and mid-February, (date varies) and lasts for fifteen days. As the New Year approaches, people clean their home to escape bad luck in the upcoming year. Families gather for a feast on New Year’s Eve, and stay up late, believing that it will prolong the lives of their elders. The Chinese people believe that evil spirits come around at New Year, so they let off firecrackers to frighten them away. People often seal their windows and doors with paper to keep the evil spirits out, as well. On New Year’s Day, people dress in their best clothes and present one another with small gifts. Chinese people all over the world celebrate the first full moon with a colourful street procession, called the Festival of Lanterns. People fill the streets carrying lanterns and join a great parade led by an enormous dragon. The Festival of Lanterns is believed to light the way for the New Year.

In Korea the first day of the lunar new year is called Sol-nal. This is for families to renew ties and prepare for the new year. New Year’s Eve: People place straw scoopers, rakes or sieves on their doors and walls to protect their families from evil spirit sin the new year. Everyone dresses in new clothes, the following morning, symbolizing a fresh beginning, and gathers at the home of the eldest male family member. Ancestral memorial rites are held, then the younger generation bows to elders in the family. They wish them good health and prosperity in the coming year. The elders often then give newly minted money or gifts afterwards. New Year’s Day food includes: a bowl of rice cake soup ttokkuk. Koreans believe eating this soup will add and extra year of age to your life. Korean age is actually calculated at the New Year. Everyone becomes a year older on New Year’s Day! Favourite games: yut nori, a stick game, and see-sawing on large see-saws setup in the courtyard or in parks.

Celebration of the Japanese New Year (Oshogatsu) occurs on January 1, as with Western nations. However, the Japanese people also observe some beliefs from their religion, called Shinto. For happiness and good luck, Japanese people hang a rope of straw across the front of their homes. They believe it keeps the evil spirits away. Japanese people begin to laugh the moment the New Year begins, so they will have good luck the whole year.

The Thai New Year festival is called Songkran and lasts for three days from 13 to 15 April according the Gregorian calendar. The customs are many such as people throw water over one another, under the guise of that it will bring good rains in the coming year and all the Buddha statues or images are washed. They visit the monastery to pray and offer gifts of rice, fruit, sweets and other foods for the monks. Another custom to bring good luck, was to release birds from their cages or fish from their bowls. They carry a fish bowl to the river to release their fish all at the same time as one another. They might also play the game known as Saba which is a game rather like skittles.

The Vietnamese New Year is called Tet Nguyen Dan, or Tet for short. The exact date changes from year to year, but it usually falls between January 21 and February 19. A common Vietnamese belief is that the first person to enter a house at New Year will bring either good or bad luck. The Vietnamese also believe that there is a god in every home who travels to heaven at the New Year. In heaven, this god will reveal how good or bad each member of the family has been in the past year. Thus, the New Year is a time to reflect on the past and improve in the future. A traditional Vietnamese belief is that the god travels to heaven on the back of a fish, called a carp. Even today some people will buy a live carp, and then free it in a river or pond.

The people of Cambodia use the Indian Calendar to calculate the start of the New Year festival. The festival starts on the 12, 13 or 14 April according to the Gregorian calendar and lasts for three days. People clean and decorate their houses, as well as set up an altar to welcome the New Year Spirit Tevada Chhnam Thmey who is said to come down to earth at this time. A statue of the Buudha is put on the altar, also flowers, candles, incense, a bowl of scented water, food and drink, and banana leaves shaped into different figures. Day one of the festival people visit their local monastery and offer food to the monks. A special sand mound is built in the grounds of the monasteries on this day. The mound is decorated with five religious flags, one on top of the mound and four around the sides. Special games such as the Tug-Of-War, Angkunh and Boh Choong are played at the monasteries on each day of the festival. Day two people gather with their families to wish each other a happy New Year and exchange gifts. They might also visit the monastery again to ask the monks to say a special prayer for their ancestors. Day three the Buddha statues of their homes and the monasteries are washed. It is said this ensures good rains during the coming year. Children wash the feet of their parents as sign of respect on this day as well.

Celebration of the Hindu New Year varies based on geographic location. Most Hindus live in India, but many have different traditions. For example, the Hindus of Gujarat, in western India, celebrate the New Year at the end of October, at the same time as the Indian festival of Diwali. For the Diwali celebration, small oil lights are lit all along the rooftops. In northern India, people wear flowers to celebrate the New Year, commonly in pink, red, purple, or white hues. Hindus in central India display orange flags, flying them from the top of buildings. In southern India, mothers put food, flowers, and small gifts on a special tray. On New Year’s morning, children must keep their eyes shut until they have been led to the tray.

The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah, and falls in the seventh month, or Tishri, of the Jewish calendar (September – October). Rosh Hashanah is a holy time when people reflect on the things they have done wrong in the past, so they can improve in the future. Celebration of the New Year begins at sunset the day before, and religious services are held at synagogues in observation. An instrument called a Shofar, made from a ram’s horn, is traditionally played and children are given new clothes to celebrate the New Year. In addition, New Year loaves are baked and fruit is eaten to remind people of harvest time.

The Muslim New Year falls eleven days earlier than the previous year because the Muslim calendar is based on the movements of the moon. In Iran, people celebrate the New Year in March. As the New Year approaches, Muslims set grains of wheat or barley in small dishes and sprinkle them with water. When the New Year arrives, the growth of the sprouted grains reminds people of spring and a new year of life.

The Bahai people have their own calendar consisting of nineteen months of nineteen days plus a couple of extra days between the eighteenth and nineteenth months. They have however adopted the Iranian custom of beginning the New Year in the spring equinox. The day begins at sunset rather than midnight, and the New Year celebrations are held during the evening of March 20th.

In Egypt the New Year is a public holiday and has a very festive atmosphere. Although they know in advance when the New Year begins they still observe the custom of the new crescent moon must be seen before the official announcement is made. The sighting is carried out at the Muhammad Ali mosque which is at the top of the hill in Cairo. The message is then passed on to the religious leader known as the Grand Mufti and he proclaims the New Year. The men who have been waiting outside the mosque wish each other a happy New Year by saying “Kol Sana We Enta Tayeb!” and then go home to tell their families. Then all families sit down for a special New Year dinner. On this day even the poorest of family serves some meat. No alcohol is served because Muslims do not drink alcohol.

USA traditions like the Tournament of Roses Parade dates back to 1886.The tradition of using a baby to signify the New Year began in Greece around 600 B.C. It was the tradition at that time to celebrate their God of wine, Dionysus, by parading a baby in a basket, representing the annual rebirth of that God as the spirit of fertility. Early Egyptians also used a baby as a symbol of rebirth.

However, Christians denounced the practice as pagan, the popularity of the baby as a symbol of rebirth forced the church to revaluate it’s position. The Church finally allowed it’s members to celebrate the New Year with a baby, which was to symbolize the birth of the baby Jesus.

The Germans brought the use of the image of a baby with a New year’s Banner as a symbolic representation of the New Year to early America. They had used the effigy since the 14th century.

Traditionally it was believed that, what they did or ate on the 1st day of the year could affect their luck throughout the coming year. For that reason, celebrating the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends became more popular. Parties often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a New Year. It was once believed that the first visitor in New Year’s Day would either bring good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. A tall dark-haired man was particularly lucky visitor.

Traditional New Year foods are also believed to bring luck. Many cultures believe that anything in the shape of a ring is good luck because it symbolizes “coming full circle” (completing a year’s cycle). The Dutch eat doughnuts on New Year’s Day for good fortune.

Traditional New Year is a religious feast, but since 1900s it has become an occasion for celebration on the night between December 31 and January 1,called the New Year’s Eve. There are often spectacular fireworks displayed at midnight.


Silliness – Overdressed


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