Nothing Like Time….

Half of the library piled into the dining room
Half of the library piled into the dining room

…to make the heart grow fonder. Or something like that. I’ve been away for some time. To say things have changed would be an understatement. But in the way of all things, they are still pretty much the same.

My gardens are growing and maturing bit by bit. I am still knitting and crocheting away. I have even added weaving to the list of crazy fiber pursuits. I’ve been spending a lot of time with my herbs in my apothecary, concocting new blends for incense, smokes, oils, and other sundry things. Been working on organizing the library too. It is a bit daunting, but it needs some love. I have a craft room, set up and ready for lots of fun. Just need to get up there and get to it.
I feel like dusting off the proverbial pen (and hopefully the camera) and seeing what I can make out of this place again. Not sure where I am going, or at what pace I shall travel.

December

greenman2December, the twelfth and final month of the Gregorian calendar and the first month of Winter, derives its name from the Latin word ‘decem’, meaning ten, as December was the tenth month of the oldest Roman calendar. It was changed to twelve months with the monthless and undated winter period was divided into January and February. In Finnish, December is called joulukuu, meaning “month of Christmas,” since around the 18th century. Before that it was called talvikuu, meaning “month of winter.” Decima, was the middle Goddess of the Three Fates who personifies the present. Decima is a goddess of childbirth, her sisters are Nona and Morta. Called Aerra Geola, “the month before Yule,” or Wintermonat, “winter month,” by the Anglo-Saxons, the Franks called it Heilagmanoth, ” holy month,” and Wolfmoon is the Asatru name. Míí na Nollag or an Dubhlachd is December in Ireland, the dark season.

Astrologically speaking December begins with the sun in the sign of Sagittarius and ends in the sign of Capricorn. Astronomically, however, the month begins in the constellation of Ophiuchus, which is the only constellation on the zodiacal belt which is not counted as an astrological sign, and ends in the constellation of Sagittarius.

December is as full of events as any other month in the year, even with the cold. The United Nations designated a global holiday on December 10th as Human Rights Day. The winter solstice brings a myriad of winter and rebirth celebrations in nearly every faith to experience this season. On the old Tibetan calendar, December 1st was the beginning of the new year. And a bit for the trivia buffs, December always begins on the same day of the week as September.

December birthstones

  • sagittariusModern Birthstone (officially adopted in 1912): Blue Topaz, Turquoise
  • Traditional Birthstone (herald back to the 15th century):Zircon, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli
  • Mystical Birthstone (Tibetan origin): Onyx
  • Ayurvedic Birthstone (Ayurvedic Indian Medicine): Ruby
  • Other Birthstone (alternative birthstone): Sapphire, Amethyst

Magickal Correspondences for December

  • Astrological Signs: Sagittarius, Capricorncapricorn-001
  • Nature Spirits: Snow faeries, storm faeries, winter tree faeries
  • Herbs: Holly, English ivy, fir, mistletoe
  • Colors: Blood red, green, white and black
  • Flowers: Holly, poinsettia, Christmas cactus, narcissus, daffodil, jonquil
  • Scents: Violet, patchouli, rose, geranium, frankincense, myrrh, lilac
  • Stones: Blue zircon, turquoise, serpentine, jacinth, peridot
  • Trees: Pine, fir, holly
  • Animals: Mouse, deer, horse, bear
  • Birds: Rook, robin, snowy owl
  • Deities: Athene, Attis, Dionysus, Fates, Frey, Freyja, Hathor, Hecate, Ixchel, Kris Kringle (as the Pagan God of Yule), Lucina, Minerva, Neith, Norns, Osiris, Woden, and the Horned God (Consort of the Goddess)

 

November

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November is the eleventh month of the Gregorian calendar and the third of Autumn’s rule. The name is derived from Novem, the Latin word for nine, as November was the ninth month in Rome’s oldest calendar. As the first month of the winter quarter, November was the first month of the new year according to Celtic traditions, Samhain (La Samhna – Irish) being the first day of the new year. Cailleach had guardianship of this month.

Called Blotmonath, the month of sacrifice, by the Anglo-Saxons, the Franks called this month Herbistmanoth, ” harvest month,” and Fogmoon is the Asatru name. It was called Samhain or an t-Samhainn, summer’s end, by the Irish, the month of the festival of Samhain.

The full moon of November is called the Beaver Moon. It is the Mourning or Frosty Moon, and it may also be referred to as the Moon When Deer Shed Antlers, the Fog Moon, or the Moon of Storms, a name it shares with February and March. Some call it the Dark Moon or Mad Moon.

November begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Scorpio and ends in the sign of Sagittarius. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Libra, passes through Scorpius from approximately the 24th through the 29th and ends in the constellation of Ophiuchus, which is the only zodiacal constellation that is not counted as an astrological sign.

November birthstones

  • scorpioModern Birthstone (officially adopted in 1912): Yellow Topaz, Citrine
  • Traditional Birthstone (herald back to the 15th century): Citrine
  • Mystical Birthstone (Tibetan origin): Pearl
  • Ayurvedic Birthstone (Ayurvedic Indian Medicine): Topaz
  • Other Birthstone (alternative birthstone): Diamond

Magickal Correspondences for November

  • Astrological Signs: Scorpio, Sagittarius
  • Nature Spirits: Banshees and other beings who carry messages between worlds
  • Herbs: Ginger, hops, wormwood, hyssop, patchouli, Mugwort, nutsagittariusmeg, star anise
  • Colors: Black, white, purple
  • Flowers: White lily, dahlia, chrysanthemum
  • Scents: Rosemary, dragons blood, lilac, pine, wisteria
  • Stones: Topaz, obsidian, onyx, Apache tear
  • Trees: Pine, cypress, yew, elder
  • Animals: Bat, wolf, sow, dog, snake
  • Birds: Owls, raven, falcon
  • Deities: Astarte, Calleach, Cerridwen, Circe, Cybele, Freyja, Hathor, Hel, Holda, Horned God, Kali, Maman, Nepthys, Sekhmet

October

cronemay4October is the tenth month in the current Gregorian calendar and second of autumn’s rule, and derives it’s name from the eighth month of the oldest Roman calendar, Octem. The Romans tried to change it four times and named it after Germanicus, Antonius, Faustina and Hercules. None of them stuck.

October was sacred to the goddess Astraea, daughter of Zeus and Themis. Deireadh Fóómhair or an Damhair, the stag rut, was the Irish name for this month or Gealach a ‘bhruic, moon of the badger. Winterfelleth, “winter is coming,” was the Anglo-Saxon name. The Franks called October Windurmanoth, “vintage month.” Hunting is the Asatru name.

The first Full Moon is called the Hunter’s Moon. This moon is also known as Shedding Moon, Ten Colds Moon, Ancestor Moon or the Moon of the Dead, and the Moon of the Changing Season. It shares the name Blood Moon with July and Harvest Moon with September.

October begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Libra and ends in the sign of Scorpio. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Virgo and ends in the constellation of Libra.

October birthstones

  • libraModern Birthstone (officially adopted in 1912): Opal and Tourmaline
  • Traditional Birthstone (herald back to the 15th century): Tourmaline
  • Mystical Birthstone (Tibetan origin): Jasper
  • Ayurvedic Birthstone (Ayurvedic Indian Medicine): Opal
  • Other Birthstone (alternative birthstone): Pink Tourmaline, Zircon, and Aquamarine

Magickal Correspondences for October

  • scorpioAstrological Signs: Libra, Scorpio
  • Nature Spirits: Frost faeries, plant faeries
  • Herbs: Pennyroyal, thyme, catnip, uva ursi, angelica, burdock
  • Colors: Dark blue-green
  • Flowers: Calendula, marigold, cosmos, rosemary, hops
  • Scents: Strawberry, apple blossom, cherry
  • Stones: Opal, rose sapphire, tourmaline, beryl, turquoise
  • Trees: Yew, cypress, acacia
  • Animals: Stag, jackal, elephant, ram, scorpion
  • Birds: Heron, crow, robin
  • Deities: Astarte, Belili, Cernunnos, Demeter, Hathor, Horned God, Kore, Lakshmi, the Morrigan, Osiris, and the Goddess in Her dark aspect as The Crone

 

September

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September is the ninth month of the Gregorian calendar and the first month of autumn. Septem (the Latin word meaning seven) was the seventh month of the old Roman calendar. When other months were added to the calendar, the name was never changed for some reason.

Pomona, patroness of fruit and fruit-trees, was tutelary goddess of this month in which autumn begins. September was Meán Fómhair in Ireland or an t-Sultainn, the fat time. All these names refer to the ripening harvest. The September moon is gealach an abachaidh, moon of ripening. Haligmonath, “holy month,” was the month of September among the Anglo-Saxons. The Franks called this month Witumanoth, “wood month,” for this when the majority of wood was gathered for the coming cold months. September is Shedding among the Asatru.

The first Full Moon is called the Fruit or Grain Moon, a name it shares with August. It shares the name Harvest Moon with October and Sturgeon Moon with August. It has been called the Singing, Wine Moon, and the Moon When Deer Paw the Earth.

September begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Virgo and ends in the sign of Libra. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Leo and ends in the constellation of Virgo.

In Venice on the first Sunday of September the regata storica is held, a parade as prelude to the rowing contests known as regattas. Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September in the United States and Canada (spelled Labour Day). In Japan, Respect for the Aged Day is a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday of September. Autumnal Equinox Day is also a national holiday. In the Netherlands on the second Tuesday in September is known as prinsjesdag. The government presents its annual budget. The queen rides to the parliament in a gilded coach and reads the plans for the coming year to the States-general. In KwaZulu-Natal, king Shaka is commemorated on the last Sunday of September. Somewhat ironically, the German Oktoberfest and the Chinese August Moon festival (more correctly called the Mid-Autumn Festival) both occur in September.

September birthstones

  • virgoModern Birthstone (officially adopted in 1912): Sapphire
  • Traditional Birthstone (herald back to the 15th century): Sapphire
  • Mystical Birthstone (Tibetan origin): Agate
  • Ayurvedic Birthstone (Ayurvedic Indian Medicine): Moonstone
  • Other Birthstone (alternative birthstone): Lapis Lazuli, Diamond, and Chrisolite

Magickal Correspondences for September

  • libraAstrological Signs: Virgo, Libra
  • Nature Spirits: Trooping faeries
  • Herbs: Copal, fennel, rye, wheat, valerian, skullcap
  • Colors: Green, yellow-green, yellow
  • Flowers: Narcissus, lily, aster, morning glory, golden rod
  • Scents: Storax, mastic, gardenia, bergamot
  • Stones: Blue sapphire, peridot, olivine, chrysolite, citrine
  • Trees: Hazel, larch, bay laurel
  • Animals: Snake, jackal
  • Birds: Ibis, sparrow
  • Deities: Ceres, Ch’ang-O, Demeter, Freyja, Isis, Nephthys, Persephone, Thor, Thoth, and the Goddess in Her aspect of the Mother

 

August

August is the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar and the third month of Summer’s rule. In the old Roman calendar it was originally the sixth month, and was hence known as Sextilis. It then consisted of twenty-nine days. Julius Caesar’s reformed calendar extended it to thirty days. Augustus added still another day to it, which he took from February, and renamed it in his own honor. He chose August rather than his birth-month of September because in the first place it came immediately after the month named in honor of his great prototype, Julius Caesar, and in the second because it had proved itself a propitious season in his life.

In Ireland, (in the Irish language) August is known as Lúnasa, a modern rendition of Lughnasadh, named after the god Lugh and August 1, (Lá Lúnasa) in the Irish Calendar is still regarded as the first day of Autumn. The first Monday in August is one of the public holidays in the Republic of Ireland. In the old Japanese calendar, the month is called hatsuki (葉月). In Finnish, the month is called elokuu, meaning “month of reaping”. The Anglo-Saxon name for this month was Weodmonath, “vegetation month.” Aranmanoth, “corn ears month,” was the Frankish name. The Asatru call it Harvest. The Irish name this month Lunasa or an Lunasdal. It comes from the early Irish Lughnassadh, the festival of Lugh.

The first Full Moon is called the Sturgeon or Corn or Barley Moon, names it shares with September. August’s moon is also referred to as the Dispute Moon and the Moon When Cherries Turn Black. It shares the name Thunder Moon with July.

August begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Leo and ends in the sign of Virgo. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Cancer and ends in the constellation of Leo.

August birthstones

  • leoModern Birthstone (officially adopted in 1912): Peridot
  • Traditional Birthstone (herald back to the 15th century): Sardonyx
  • Mystical Birthstone (Tibetan origin): Diamond
  • Ayurvedic Birthstone (Ayurvedic Indian Medicine): Sapphire
  • Other Birthstone (alternative birthstone): Jade

Magickal Correspondences for August

  • virgoAstrological Signs: Leo, Virgo
  • Nature Spirits: Dryads
  • Seasonal plants/resins: Chamomile, St. Johns Wort, bay, angelica, fennel, rue, orange
  • Colors: Yellow, gold
  • Flowers: Gladiolus, poppy, sunflower, marigold
  • Scents: Frankincense
  • Stones: Peridot, sardonyx, cat’s eye, carnelian, jasper, fire agate
  • Trees: Hazel, alder, cedar
  • Animals: Lion, phoenix, sphinx, dragon
  • Birds: Crane, falcon, eagle
  • Deities: Ceres, the Corn Mother, Demeter, Diana, Ganesha, Hathor, Hecate, Lugh, Nemesis, Thoth, and all Goddesses who preside over agriculture

 

July

July is the seventh month of the Gregorian calendar and second month of Summer’s rule. The Romans first named this month Quintillis, but later renamed it Julius after Julius Ceasar, from whence our current month derives its name. Julius Caesar reorganized the previously skewed calendar to what is now called the Julian Calendar. Instituted in 26 BC, this was known as the Year of Confusion because of the irritation switching calendar caused. This was the calendar of the west for the next 1600 years. July is sacred to Apt (or Apet), Athena, Sothis, Spider Woman, and Rosea.

The Irish name for this month was Iúil or an t-Iuchar, the border time. Traditionally during the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August, Sirius, the dog star, can be seen in the sky. The Anglo-Saxon name was Aeftera Litha, “after Litha,” or sometimes Maedmonat, “meadow month.” Hewimanoth, “hay month,” was the Frankish name, and the Asatru call it Haymoon.

The first Full Moon is called the Buck Moon. It is also the Blessing or Wort Moon and the Honey Moon, a name it shares with June’s Moon. It is also called the Moon of Claiming, Fallow Moon, Thunder Moon, a name shared with August, and Moon of Blood (due to mosquitoes), a name it share with October.

July begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Cancer and ends in the sign of Leo. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Gemini and ends in the constellation of Cancer.

July birthstones

  • cancerModern Birthstone (officially adopted in 1912): Ruby
  • Traditional Birthstone (herald back to the 15th century): Ruby
  • Mystical Birthstone (Tibetan origin): Ruby
  • Ayurvedic Birthstone (Ayurvedic Indian Medicine): Ruby
  • Other Birthstone (alternative birthstone): Carnelian

Magickal Correspondences for July

  • leoAstrological Signs: Cancer, Leo
  • Nature Spirits: hobgoblins (small grotesque but friendly brownie-type creatures), faeries of the harvest crops
  • Herbs: honeysuckle, agrimony, lemon balm, hyssop
  • Colors: silver, blue-gray
  • Flowers: lotus, water lily, jasmine, carnation
  • Scents: Orris, frankincense
  • Stones: pearl, moonstone, white agate
  • Trees: oak, acacia, ash
  • Animals: crab, turtle, dolphin, whale
  • Birds: starling, ibis, swallow
  • Deities: Khepera, Athene, Juno Hel, Holda, Cerridwen, Nephthys, Venus

 

Books and Lilies

I just picked up Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell on the recommendation of one of my current teachers. So far it is great fun! I crocheted a new bookmark for it of course.

Another of my favorite Filigree Bookmarks. Mr. Norrell is a practicing magician, which none of the other magicians in Yorkshire are. They only study about magic. Mr. Norrell has a vast library which is of course the envy of the Society of Magicians in York. But, he is very polite as he looks down his nose at them, and tricks them into giving up magic (what else would a magician do?) so he can acquire their books and they will quite hounding him.

Being a bibliophile and a pursuer of the occult myself, the descriptions of Mr. Norrell’s library were great fun. Having moved into this new house, it is taking some time for the books to settle into their homes. I have the hardest time with single category classification. And, I am glad I did not take the books downstairs to my ritual room and potion storage areas, as since the April and May rains have come we have discovered that our basement leaks! Joy of Joys. It is the East wall and the mortar needs to be repaired we have discovered.

This morning, while tending to the gardens, I found our first blooming lily from the couple that lived here before us. It is a tiger lily and absolutely gorgeous. I need to trim the roses again, and will do that this evening when it has cooled off a bit. It is late morning, and already the not-mercury-any-more has climbed above 90 F.

In the mean time I am working on some crochet of course. And I have also picked up the knitting again. Been doing much better on this swatch and just need more practice. Someday I will be knitting lace shawls, and that is all there is to it.

To the right is the beginning of my new sun hat. So far I have an ivy lace pattern in the crown, but that is all. I had wanted to do some sort of relief of a charted grape leaf shortly after the lace area. But I tried it out with some fp and bp sc, and it just didn’t work out. So, that has been taken out and I am trying something different. I don’t know what that will be!

In the mean time I joined a CAL (crochet-a-long) for a mystery shawl. So far it has turned out to be great fun! I usually tend to crochet rather tightly, and this is a good challenge, using a very thin thread and a large hook.

June

June is the sixth month of the current Gregorian calendar, and the first month of Summer. June’s original name was Junonius, from the Roman Goddess Juno, whose Greek counterpart was Hera. Juno is a patron of the female sex, and so this month was considered excellent for marriages. As Juno Moneta, whose temple was located on the Capitoline hill in Rome, she was guardian of money and wealth. June is sacred to Juno and all gods and goddesses who preside over love, passion, and beauty. It was also a time for the Vestal Virgins to cleanse the penus (sic) – a sacred vessel – in the Temple of Vesta.

It is the “door of the year,” the gateway to the inner realms. The Irish call June Meitheamh or an t-Ogmios, the young month. The Anglo-Saxon name was Aerra Litha, “before Litha.” The Franks called it Brachmanoth, “break month.” June is called Fallow by the Asatru.

The first Full Moon of June is called the Hot or Strawberry Moon in parts of America. It is also referred to as the Strong Sun Moon, Lover’s Moon, and Rose Moon, and it has been called the Moon of Making Fat and the Moon of Horses, and name similar to one of the names for May’s Moon. It shares the names Mead Moon and Honey Moon with July.

At the start of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Taurus; at the end of June, the sun rises in the constellation of Gemini. However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, June begins with the sun in the astrological sign of Gemini, ends with the sun in the astrological sign of Cancer. No other month begins on the same day of the week as June.

June birthstones

  • geminiModern Birthstone (officially adopted in 1912): Pearl, Moonstone
  • Traditional Birthstone (herald back to the 15th century): Alexandrite
  • Mystical Birthstone (Tibetan origin): Moonstone
  • Ayurvedic Birthstone (Ayurvedic Indian Medicine): Pearl
  • Other Birthstone (alternative birthstone): Opal, Agate

Magickal Correspondences for June

  • cancerAstrological Signs: Gemini, Cancer
  • Nature Spirits: Sylphs, zephyrs
  • Herbs: Skullcap, meadowsweet, Vervain, tansy, dog grass, parsley, mosses
  • Colors: Orange, golden-green
  • Flowers: Lavender, orchid, yarrow, rose, honeysuckle
  • Scents: Lily of the valley, lavender
  • Stones: Topaz, agate, alexandrite, fluorite, moonstone, pearl
  • Trees: Oak
  • Animals: Monkey, butterfly, frog, toad
  • Birds: Wren, peacock
  • Deities: Aine of Knockaine, Bendis, Cerridwen, Green Man,

 

May

May is the fifth month of the Gregorian calendar and the third month of Spring’s rule. The name of the month is garnered from the Greek Goddess Maia, the most important of the Seven Sisters (the Pleiades), and (some say) the mother of Hermes. Some form of this Goddess name is known from Ireland to India. She can be equated with the Irish Queen Medb or Celtic Meave. The Romans called her Maius, Goddess of Summer. This was the traditional month of “wearing of the green” in honor of the Earth Mother’s new garment, and of fornicating in plowed fields to encourage the crops. Hawthorn, her sacred plant, blossoms during this month. Artemis, Diana, Faunus, Flora, and Pan also have dominion over this month.

The Anglo-Saxons called this month Thrimilcmonath, “thrice-milk month.” In England, May was also called Sproutkale. Winnemanoth, “joy month,” was the Frankish name, and the Asatru name is Merrymoon. The Irish call May Bealtaine or an Ceitean, the first weather of summer. The two weeks before Bealtaine is ceitean earrach, spring May-time, and the two weeks after Bealtaine is ceitean samhradh, summer May-time. Bealtaine, also associated the God Bel, means ‘the fires of Bel’. In old Japanese calendar, the month is called Satsuki (皐月). It is also a common name for females. In Japan, there is the so-called May sickness, a kind of sickness where new students or workers start to be tired of their new schoolwork or jobs. It is due to a Japanese custom that all school years and fiscal years start on April 1st. In Finnish, the month is called toukokuu, meaning “month of sowing”. In Slovene, it is called veliki traven, which means the month of high grass.

The first Full Moon of May is called the Flower Moon. It shares the names Planting Moon, Hare Moon, Pink Moon, and Green Grass Moon with April. The May moon is also the Bright Moon, Dryad Moon, the Moon When the Pony Sheds, the Frogs Return Moon, and Sproutkale.

May begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Taurus and ends in the sign of Gemini. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Aries and ends in the constellation of Taurus.

May birthstones

  • taurus_1Modern Birthstone (officially adopted in 1912): Emerald
  • Traditional Birthstone (herald back to the 15th century): Emerald
  • Mystical Birthstone (Tibetan origin): Sapphire
  • Ayurvedic Birthstone (Ayurvedic Indian Medicine): Agate
  • Other Birthstone (alternative birthstone): Chrysoprase, Beryl

Magickal Correspondences for May

  • geminiAstrological Signs: Taurus, Gemini
  • Nature Spirits: Faeries, elves
  • Herbs: Dittany of Crete, elder, mint, rose, Mugwort, thyme, yarrow
  • Colors: Green, brown, pink
  • Flowers: Lily of the valley, foxglove, rose, broom, Hawthorn
  • Scents: Rose, sandalwood
  • Stones: Emerald, malachite, amber, carnelian
  • Trees: Hawthorne
  • Animals: Cats, lynx, leopard
  • Birds: Swallow, dove, swan
  • Deities: Aphrodite, Artemis, Bast, Diana, Faunus, Flora, Maia, Pan, the Horned God, Venus, and all Gods and Goddesses who preside over fertility