The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Sewing Workshop at 3pm.
[posting at 6pm] [rain gauge at 1pm on 12/10 – 0.7 in] Cloudy and 48fF, wind at 4-16mph and gusting into the 20’s, AQI 2-36, UV1. Chance of rain 100% today and 82% tonight. HIGH WIND WARNING 1am to 1pm on Saturday for beaches and headlands. GALE WARNING from 6pm Fri to 3pm Sat. The wind should be calming down by lunchtime, but it’s going to be wet, tapering off for a bit in the late afternoon, then roaring right back. Sunday’s going to be wet, too, with some wind in the early afternoon. Mon. – Rain. Tues. – Showers. Wed. – Rain. They’re predicting about 4 inches, counting today! Then showers tapering off a bit. Highs mid-40’s. Lows in the upper 30’s. Yeah, it’s winter…. In case you hasn’t noticed, yes, I have a new rain gauge. It’s sitting in the bean planter just outside the door at home, so it’s less likely to sprout legs and waddle away.
Two fires back on the list. They’re mostly contained, but not out, and blew up a bit over the last couple of days. 13 firespots.
Mostly contained fires
Gales Fire – 90% – 29356.25 acres
Middle Fork Complex Fire – 90% – 30926.6 acres
Thursday evening was kindof a wash. We were both tired, and didn’t get home until nearly 9pm, so we ate and I crashed not long after Tempus took off for the bulk route. Tempus made sure the pilot was lighted for me on the oven, but it went out before I got started. I worked some on the bookmark pieces that showed up yesterday and read while I was up, and also put away laundry, but no baking.
Yesterday shot past at an amazing rate. I was writing, coming up with a few new articles/stories for the About Us section, catching up on mail, messages and paperwork. That’s just never-ending. We had some people in, early on, but none after 3pm. In the evening the intent was to make tomato chicken for supper, then some pumpkin bread.
Today we should be open on time, at least if I can get Tempus to sleep Friday evening. Sewing is at 3pm. I’ll be working on some of the bookmarks with Tempus’ help. Some of those *should* land in the inventory over the next couple of days.
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
Eadweard Muybridge was one of the first to do “motion studies” using photography, some of which are still being used. He made it possible to see these in his “zoopraxiscope” (wow, what a name!) His first famous one seems to have been on a bet to prove that at one point in its stride a trotting horse has all four feet off of the ground. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eadweard_Muybridge …where you can find moving images of the ‘scope, the horse and a bison!
The shop opens at 1pm. Fall hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Holiday hours 12/24 until 8pm. Closing on 12/31 at 4pm. Closed 12/25 and 1/1. 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!
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 12/18 at 8:36pm. 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 12/17 at 8:36am.
Comet Leonard (C/2021 A1) is right now at its best! It’s about magnitude 5.5, low due east tomorrow morning the 11th. Go out just before the very first light of dawn, meaning about 90 or 100 minutes before your sunrise time. The comet will be about 10° above horizontal. You’ll almost certainly need binoculars or a wide-field telescope to detect it. Use the finder chart at the bottom of See Comet Leonard at its Best to help you locate the exact place among the stars you need to examine. On Sunday morning the 12th Comet Leonard may be just a trace brighter, but it’ll be much lower and more involved in morning twilight. Later this week the comet will reappear very low in the west during evening twilight; see December 16th below. But by then it will be fading. For the world’s mid-northern latitudes, tomorrow morning is your last chance to catch it at peak brightness in a dark sky.
At this time of year the Big Dipper lies shyly down at its lowest just after dark, 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 over to the northwest to stand nearly upright on the bright end of its W shape.
Seen any early Geminid meteors yet? The shower is due to peak in two days, late on the night of December 13-14.
Venus and Jupiter continue to blaze during and after twilight in the southwest and south-southwest, respectively. As twilight fades, dimmer Saturn emerges between them. Jupiter and Saturn are far past opposition, so don’t be disappointed by the less-than-optimal telescopic views. Venus, on the other hand, is enlarging while becoming a thinner, more dramatic crescent. It will continue to do so into the beginning of January.
Not that you’d have any possible way to see it, but this evening Pluto is less than 1° from Venus, 100 times farther in the background. And it’s a lot farther from the illuminating Sun as well as from us. All this means that Pluto, at magnitude 14.4, is 50 million times fainter that Venus!
Mars has reappeared in the morning sky. Early risers will be rewarded with a view of the Red Planet this morning, just 6° high in the southeast an hour before sunrise. You’ll find it in Libra, shining at magnitude 1.6 near the constellation’s eastern boundary. The nearest bright star, magnitude 2.6 Arcab in Scorpius, lies 5° east of the planet. Mars will cross into Scorpius late on the morning of the 15th, then move into Ophiuchus by the 25th. The small planet currently sits nearly 2.4 astronomical units (AU, where 1 AU is the average Earth-Sun distance) from Earth and spans a mere 4″ on the sky. Although it will appear as a small, relatively featureless disk, you should still be able to make out its orangey-red color, with or without optical aid.
Mercury is hidden deep in the sunset.
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
NIGHT SKY MAP FOR DECEMBER 2021 – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-december-rotation-stars
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) (Nov 25 – Dec 22)
Chiron (12/19), Uranus (1/18/22) Retrograde
Color – Indigo
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Celtic Tree Month of 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
Sa 11 High 6:45 AM 7.3 7:43 AM Set 12:07 AM 46
~ 11 Low 12:59 PM 2.8 4:37 PM Rise 1:18 PM
~ 11 High 6:25 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Be in the now.
Journal Prompt – What? – What kinds of things make/made your father happy?
~ Seven to eleven is a huge chunk of life, full of dulling and forgetting. It is fabled that we slowly lose the gift of speech with animals, that birds no longer visit our windowsills to converse. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor themselves against wonder. – Leonard Cohen
~ Nowhere in my travels have I encountered a festival of people that has such magnificent appeal to the whole nation. The Cup astonishes me. – Mark Twain, on visiting the Melbourne Cup in 1890
~ Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand. – Frederick the Great
~ Remember that time is money. – Franklin Pierce
In drear nighted December,
Too happy, happy tree,
Thy branches ne’er remember
Their green felicity—
The north cannot undo them
With a sleety whistle through them
Nor frozen thawings glue them
From budding at the prime. – John Keats (1795–1821)
Yule Magick – Spells
Happy Holiday Card Spell – December 3rd, 2007 – Color of the day: Gray Incense of the day: Parsley
Every year during the holiday rush, we promise ourselves to start early and avoid the rush, to be more organized about writing and mailing our holiday cards. Now is the time. Gather together your address book, pens, stamps, and holiday cards and sit near some mistletoe, which is very good for achievement and attainment. Light frankincense for a favorable outcome to your holiday card project. Light a yellow candle for clarity and eloquence, and light a pink candle for harmony, friendship, and affection. Fix a cup of Earl Grey tea: the bergamot in the tea will bring you luck and accomplishment in your task. Place your hand over your cards and chant:
“In love and more,
speed this chore.”
Place your hand over your pens and say:
“Write the best words I’ve ever heard”.
Then write your cards, and embellish them and the envelopes. Address and stamp them. When all the cards are done, stack them together in a pile. Take a deep breath and send affection through your hands into the cards and say:
Merry meet through the mail, love and greetings to you send.
Be sure to mail them the next day.
By: Gail Wood
Ghosts of Christmas Spell – December 23rd, 2005 – Color of the day: Coral – Incense of the day: Dill
It is appropriate that Larentia, the Roman mother goddess of friendly ghosts, was honored today. Traditionally, December is a time when ghosts are active. All we have to do is think of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to understand this. As the year draws to a close, it is time to honor our ancestral spirits and any friendly spirits that have taken up residence with us. Prepare the following sachet to protect your home and to welcome friendly spirits. In an attractive scrap of fabric tie up a pinch of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, one crushed bay leaf, and a tablespoon of dried orange peel. Tie it up with a green ribbon, and leave it near a window, or put a pinch in an old shoe and leave on your porch —
a place where house spirits frequently dwell. End by lighting a green candle and saying: “Friendly spirits alone are welcome in this place. Come in peace, or come not at all. As I will, so mote it be.” By: James Kambos
Holiday Peace Meditation – November 30th, 2007 – Color of the day: White Incense of the day: Carnation
The holidays can be horrible. There are so many stresses involved: you’re trying to create some idealized experience, trying to deal with family members who have their own ideals, and trying to stretch your finances. There are ways to help banish at least some of the stress and keep a level head to enjoy this special time with family and friends. Find a jar candle with a scent you enjoy—something that speaks of warmth, hearth, and good holiday things. Bless the candle with bringing peace, warmth, and enjoyment to your home. Allow it to burn each day throughout the holiday season. By: Laurel Reufner
Silliness – Bumper Snickers – Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.