Minus Tide at 7:45 PM of -0.9 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or here on the blog, or just leave a note on the door! Featured photo by Jessica Smith-Carlock.
Wasn’t the rain spectacular early yesterday? It looked like a movie set rainstorm for awhile. It’s just cloudy at the moment, but it does look like there’s some fog out there. Things partly dried out when the sun came out during the late afternoon, but there are lots of puddles. 50, wind at 4-9 mph and gusting, AQI40, UV1. Chance of rain 36% today and 51% tonight. The small craft advisory is supposed to end at 7am, but we’re under a GALE WATCH through this evening. The forecast has changed a little. We’re supposed to just have showers today, but then tomorrow the rain will be back and Saturday looks like another storm with 1 1/2 inches of rain plus the wind. There’s likely to be a lot of water coming down, maybe up to an inch a day through Tuesday, and Tuesday will add in a little wind, not like Saturday or yesterday though. …and after that? More rain and showers. I think we’re making up for the dry in the fall!
Yesterday Tempus slept until suppertime again, so none of the errands got run. <sigh> He didn’t get home until noon. He’s likely to do the same again today because the car is due for an oil change that he’s been showing up for for a couple of weeks, but there’s always someone ahead of him. <sigh twice> At least he got the tire fixed. He went to a new place that he had some really nice things to say about. It’s Cruz Tires in South Beach. Apparently they went over and above what’s usually required and charged less than the folks he’s been going to.
I spent the afternoon doing chores, myself, between bouts of writing. I’m starting to see the bottom on some of the paper sorting that’s built up over the last few months. I don’t think there’s any more boring job here at the shop than that.
I got a long nap and he worked in the back for at least part of the time. He said that he had some research that he was doing. After he headed out on the bulk route. I got some of the bistro blend rice going in the crockpot and that used the last of the chicken broth, then I set up a turkey and rice, with the leftover rice from the chinese food the other day, and some turkey leftovers, plus onion, spring onion, corn and mushroom soup. I added frozen green peas when it was done before getting it into the fridge.
Today is more of the same, I guess. We’re not planning anything particularly special for the evening, although I might chase him over to Salty Dawg, since they’re doing take out. I love their chowder bread bowls and now they have take-out cocktails!
Today’s Plant is Coltsfoot, Petasites frigidus var. palmatus. One of the best cough remedies out there, this is often smoked to help cases of chronic bronchitis and asthma. It is also made into cough syrups often combined with horehound. This is another plant where the medicinal and magickal uses seem to go together. Feminine, Venus, water– Add to love sachets and use in spell of peace and tranquility. The leaves, when smoked, can cause visions, and aid with breathing problems. .More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petasites_frigidus
What is Silvester? It’s the New Year’s celebration in Central Europe! Silvester celebrations http://www.thelocal.de/society/20111231-16425.html#.UN3uwazheSq More on Pope Sylvester:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Sylvester_I A bit about it more on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvester
Part of the reason that I’ve heard of this is that Babicka and Dedi (my grandparents) used to talk about the “SIEVE-est-er” which was a costume party held by the Czech community in Baltimore in late January. At various times the “uncles” (Dedi’s brothers and cousins) came up with some impressive outfits, including a clock that worked, a “rooster” that ran around laying eggs, a house on chicken legs and a two-person horse. This one was the big hit because they made balls of newspaper painted brown and the horse, after running around the dance floor, swishing its tail, backed up to the most pompous woman in the room and dropped them out the hind end of the horse into her lap!
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. 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 1/6 at 1:37am.
The Moon is well up in the east-northeast by mid-evening. Above it are Pollux and Castor. Farther right of the Moon shines Procyon, and even farther right of Procyon (and maybe a little lower) is brilliant Sirius.
After noise and whoopla on TV at the turning of midnight, step outside into the silent, cold dark. The bright Moon will now be shining high in the southeast. Sparkling less high in the south will be Sirius, with the other bright stars of Canis Major to its right and below it. Sirius is the bottom star of the bright, equilateral Winter Triangle. The others are Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder to Sirius’s upper right, and Procyon the same distance to Sirius’s upper left. The Triangle now stands upright, just about in balance, as the Moon looks on.
Tonight there’s a test for your eyes waiting in the sky. Shortly after dark, Ursa Major is starting to climb her way upward in the sky. By 9 or 10 P.M. local time, her long tail is fully on view; you may recognize this as the kinked handle of the Big Dipper. And right at that kink — the second star from the end — is your challenge. This is the naked-eye binary system Mizar and Alcor. Mizar is magnitude 2, while Alcor is much fainter at magnitude 4. The pair is separated by just 11.8′, with Alcor floating slightly northeast of its brighter companion. Many people are able to spot both stars under clear, calm conditions. If you’re having trouble, wait a little while to give the stars time to rise higher above the horizon (where the air can be more turbulent). What’s more, Mizar itself is a binary whose components can be split with a small telescope. Sitting 14″ apart, this pair was discovered in 1650. And each of these stars is also a double, although they cannot be visually distinguished.
Venus (magnitude –3.9, in Ophiuchus left of the head of Scorpius) shines very low in the southeast during dawn.
Old Farmer’s Almanac NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2020 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-2020-rotation-stars
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 – White
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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 –
Meaning: New Beginnings; Changes; Purification.
Phagos – Beech Ogam letter correspondences to study this month
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
Th 31 High 1:46 AM 6.9 7:53 AM Set 9:23 AM 99
31 Low 6:53 AM 3.6 4:47 PM Rise 6:25 PM
31 High 12:35 PM 8.5
31 Low 7:45 PM -0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.
Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Have you ever been in a car wreck? How many? Whose fault was it?
~ If venereal delight and the power of propagating the species were permitted only to the virtuous, it would make the world very good. – James Boswell (1740-1795) Scottish biographer
~ For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind. – Dale Carnegie
~ No obstacles fell in his way that seemed to him insurmountable. He might be defeated, as he sometimes was, but he shrank from no hardship through impatience, he fled from no danger through cowardice. – J. P. Morgan writing about Napoleon Bonaparte
~ Forgetting a debt doesn’t mean it’s paid. – Irish Proverb
We’ve had some pleasant rambles,
And merry Christmas gambols,
And roses with our brambles,
Adieu, old year, adieu! – George Lunt (1801–85)
New Year’s Magick
School for the Seasons – December 31 New Year’s Eve
If New Year’s eve night wind blows South,
It betokeneth warmth and growth;
If West, much milk and fish in the sea,
If North, much cold and storms there will be;
If East, the trees will bear much fruit;
If North-east, flee it, man and brute.
Out with the old and in with the new. Before midnight, sweep and clean your house and take out all the trash because you don’t want to sweep tomorrow (you will sweep the good luck away) or take anything out of the house (you only want to bring new things in to insure abundance during the coming year). Be sure you finish any work you have in hand for a task carried over will never prosper.
Everything you do on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is freighted with significance. The American custom of spending the night with the one you love and kissing them at midnight insures that the relationship will flourish during the coming year. In Vienna, the pig is the symbol of good luck. Pigs are let loose in restaurants and everyone tries to touch it as it runs by for luck. In private homes, a marzipan pig, with a gold piece in its mouth, is suspended from a ribbon and touched instead. In Sarasota Springs, New York, it’s a peppermint pig that brings good luck and good health for the coming year. The pig is cracked with a hammer after a holiday meal and shared among the guests.
In Italy, I’ve been told, you have to watch out for falling objects on New Year’s Eve, as people shove their old sofas, chairs and even refrigerators out of the windows of their apartments on New Year’s Eve. In Greece, it’s customary to throw a pomegranate wrapped in silver foil on the threshold, to spread the seeds of good luck for an abundant year.
The first person to cross your threshold after midnight brings luck into the house. In medieval Britain, the best possible first-footer was a tall dark-haired handsome man, who brought gifts of whisky, bread, a piece of coal or firewood and a silver coin. He entered in silence and no one spoke to him until he put the coal on the fire, poured a glass for the head of the house and wished everyone a Happy New Year. If this concept doesn’t work for you, figure out what would and make sure it happens.
One popular method of divination, used to determine your future in the new year, is to prick a newly-laid egg at the smaller end with a pin, and let three drops of the egg white fall into a bowl of water. Interpret the designs it makes to get a glimpse of what will happen to you in the new year. Another traditional method of divination is to open a Bible at midnight and interpret the passage beneath your finger.
Kightly, Charles, The Perpetual Almanack of Folklore, Thames & Hudson 1987
Spicer, Dorothy Gladys, The Book of Festivals, The Womans Press 1937
Storace, Patricia, Dinner with Persephone, Pantheon 1996
December 31 St Silvester’s Eve
Austrians consider this a rauchnacht or smoke-night when all rooms and animals must be purified with the smoke of incense and holy water, a purification ritual.
In The Winter Solstice, Matthews describes another Austrian custom, involving a masked figure called the Sylvester (from the Latin sylvan, meaning “from the woods”), a sort of Green Man who hides in the corner at inns throughout Austria and leaps out when a young man or woman passes to give them a kiss. The Sylvester wears a wreath of mistletoe, perhaps an emblem of fertility which he bestows with the kisses. When midnight comes, he is driven out of the room as a representative of the old year.
Matthews, John, The Winter Solstice, Quest 1998
December 31 Réveillon/Yemaya
Yemaya-Olokun, the Mother of the Sea, is honored on New Year’s Eve in Brazil. Cariocas (natives of Rio de Janeiro) go down to the beaches to celebrate. The biggest show occurs at Copacabana Beach where over 1.5 million people crammed into two miles of beach to dance to Brazilian superstars and watch 60 tons of fireworks explode at the end of 2001.
According to McCabe, the color of underwear you wear on the first day of the new year establishes your fortune for the year. Pink brings love, yellow, prosperity; and white, peace and happiness. Tucking a fresh bay leaf in your wallet guarantees a miracle. And at midnight, people either eat 12 grapes, one for each month of the year, while making 12 wishes, or jump seven waves.
The color for outer clothing is white. Everyone goes to the ocean, where they carry out various rituals, for instance, throwing flowers (preferably gladioli and roses) into the waves, launching little wooden boats, releasing white doves, and arranging little altars in the sand in honor of Yemaya, who likes candles, fruit, fish, rice and items associated with personal adornment: mirrors, combs, perfumes and powder.
Alma Guillermoprieto, the author of Samba, asked an older woman how she should pray and the woman suggested she say something like this:
Yemanja, our Mother, please make [this year] a better year than [last year]. Not that [last year] was a bad year; don’t get me wrong; I received many benefits, many good things happened to me and I’m not complaining. But now, thinking over everything that’s happened, I would like to ask you for something from the bottom of my heart: please bring me twice the amount of good things and take away half the number of bad. [p. 123]
Luisah Teish provides suggestions for a beautiful Yemaya ritual in her book Carnival of the Spirit, along with good ideas for a New Year’s ritual.
Guillermoprieto, Alma, Samba, Vintage 1990
McCabe, Connie, “Rhythm of the Night,” Gourmet, December 2002
Teish, Luisah, Carnival of the Spirit: Seasonal Celebrations and Rites of Passage, Harper San Francisco 1994
December 31 Vesta
This day is set aside for honoring the Roman goddess of the hearth (see Hertha, December 21). As Hestia, the Greek goddess of the hearth, she was credited with the art of building houses (since every home was built around the sacred central fire).
Robert Graves speculates that the archaic white aniconic image of the Great Goddess found throughout the Eastern Mediterranean represents a heap of glowing charcoal, kept alive by a covering of white ash. It was tended by the woman of the house and was the center of family life and clan gatherings. He also mentions the Pythoness who induced trance by burning hemp, laurel and barley over an oil lamp in an enclosed space, and suggests that burning the same herbs over hot ashes would be just as effective for producing visions because of their narcotic fumes.
Graves, Robert, The Greek Myths, Penguin 1955
Silliness – High Blood Pressure
When a physician remarked on a new patient’s extraordinarily ruddy complexion, he said, “High blood pressure, Doc. It comes from my family.”
“Your mother’s side or your father’s?” I asked.
“Neither,” he replied. “It’s from my wife’s family.”
“Oh, come now,” I said. “How could your wife’s family give you high blood pressure?”
He sighed. “You oughta meet ’em sometime, Doc!”