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High wind warning today from 1 to 10pm! They’re talking 60’s tops, but that means, “Put away the trash cans!” Definitely messy weather moving in. In the growing light I’m seeing a lot more waving and thrashing of tree branches. It’s not raining at the moment, but it’s already 54, two degrees warmer than the forecast high for the day. Hmm….
I was so very tired and sore when I got up yesterday. By the time Tempus got to the shop, I was just about ready to cry. No, don’t feel sorry for me. I was doing *far* too much of that! I went home. Did some mail and some paperwork and curled up with a book and when I woke at five o’clock was full of energy and ouch! Ok, so what do you do *then*? 🙂
What I did was make an easy soup and start a blueberry jam. …anything I could do to see what all we had for ingredients, etc. without having to bend or lift. I made that mustard soup and it turned out pretty well. A couple of frozen chicken breasts and a handful of mushrooms with about 1/4 of an onion, made a good broth. I added the tag end of a bottle of dijon mustard and let it simmer awhile, then added a bit of salt, peas and cream. Tasted pretty good, but Bera is way better at it. …and I used the old trick of using a turkey baster to pour the hot broth into the bottle, shake and pour back. It got the bottle nearly clean. No waste!
Tempus had some customers in. (I had several in the morning.) He spent part of the afternoon making sage and cedar incense cones. Yes, they’re an experiment. We’re going to have some bagged powder incense of this sort for using on charcoal, but we’re trying to branch out into cones. We’re *not* quite there. They’re taking far longer to dry than expected! I’m going to ask him about the Clearing cones today. We’ll have to burn one to see.
More ornaments are up and several friends came in to chat. When he got home I had made a coffee/cream/whiskey cocktail for him, that he liked with coffee ice cubes…and also figured out how to make those so they don’t get a gummy surface…. We had the soup for supper with a mini ham/cheese loaf apiece and pickled beets. It was a good combo. He got a bath. I talked recipes with a friend and then finished the jam (my nuker jam recipe) and we turned in.
Today we have incense stuff to work on, mail to pick up, more ornaments, (I want to get the trees done) a few crystals to header, a skirt to iron and then set out for sale and I have a little work to do on getting the sample for the Yule Kit finished.
If we get that far, with good light, I’d like to do more of the tutorial photos for the unfinished pages on the Mab’s website and/or work on inventory. Well, we’ll see!
So, the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then willflower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. – Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
Feast of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars, ancient Persia – Approximately on this day was a festival in honour of the Persian and Armenian goddess Ardvi Sura (‘undefiled, immaculate, or mighty, blameless’), one of the names of Anahita, known as the Mother of the Stars, goddess of heavenly waters; Iranian version of Astarte/Ishtar. In the Christian tradition she is a cognate of Mary, Stella Maris. (Stella Maris means “Star of the Sea” i.e. the planet Venus.) I’ve often wondered if her name is the origin of the Wiccan Star Goddess. More and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aredvi_Sura_Anahita
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Full moving to Waning Gibbous at 10:16pm. 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 to Full on 11/17 at 7:16am. 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 11/18 at 10:16pm. 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 11/2 at 4:22pm. 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 11/25 at 11:28am.
This evening look right of the just-past-full Moon for Aldebaran. Later in the evening, Orion rises below them.
Venus (magnitude –4.8) is the brilliant “Evening Star” in the southwest during dusk, shining just about as high and bright as it’s going to this year. It sets more than an hour after dark. In a telescope, Venus has waned to its thick-crescent phase and has enlarged to about 32 arcseconds tall.
Comet ISON has brightened suddenly in the last few days to 5th magnitude as of November 15th — a popsicle comet with a round, sharp-edged, bright green head and a long, thin, dim tail. It’s speeding sunward near Spica and Mercury low in the east just before dawn. It passes less than 2° from Spica on the mornings of November 17th and 18th for the Americas, accelerating every day toward its November 28th perihelion and trial by fire.
Meanwhile, Comet Lovejoy glows only a little less bright much higher before dawn. Both comets are visible in binoculars despite moonlight returning to the morning sky. They’re being detected naked-eye by skilled observers under good conditions. Finder charts for both. http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Comets_Ison_Lovejoy_LateNov.pdf
See our articles Comet ISON Comes to Life! http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/Comet-ISON-Comes-to-Life-231893451.html and The Other Great Morning Comet. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/The-Other-Great-Morning-Comet-231157211.html This is getting exciting!
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter.
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Ngetal Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – The term “reed” is used with great imprecision in North America, but it is clear that the reed of the ogham is the common reed (Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steudel). This is a giant grass, with stems as high as 4 m (13 feet). It grows in marshy areas, where it often forms dense stands. Like most other grasses, the vertical stems live only a single year, dying in the autumn and being replaced with new green shoots in the spring. The dead stems rattle and whisper in late autumn winds. Common reed has spread as a weed throughout the world; in North America it is widespread in cooler climates. Common reed is in the Grass family (Poaceae, or Gramineae).
“The Reed Month, is said by some to be most favorable for communication with ancestral spirits and the strengthening of all family ties, with magickal associations with fertility, love, protection, and family concerns. ‘Thin and slender is the Reed. He stands in clumps at the edge of the river and between his feet hides the swift pike awaiting an unsuspecting minnow to come his way. In his thinness the reed resembles arrows that fly, silver-tipped, up into the unknown air to land at the very source that one had searched for all these years. Firing arrows off into the unknown is an expression of the desire to search out basic truths. If you loose off without direction, the place of landing will be random. If the firing off is carried out with the correct conviction, determination and sense of purpose, then the act becomes secondary to the event that comes both before and after the moment.’” Source: Earth, Moon and Sky
Ngetal – Reed Ogam letter correspondences
Color: Grass Green
Meaning: Upsets or surprises
to study this month Mor – the Sea Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: AE, X, XI, M
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 18 High 12:58 AM 7.0 7:17 AM Set 8:11 AM 99
~ 18 Low 6:22 AM 2.8 4:46 PM Rise 5:52 PM
~ 18 High 12:10 PM 8.5
~ 18 Low 7:08 PM -0.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There are two classes of people–those who have ulcers and those who give them.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – In Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White, Mr. Zuckerman says, “A miracle has happened on this farm.” Write about the closest thing to a miracle that you have ever seen or heard about.
~ You might well remember that nothing can bring you success but yourself. – Napoleon Hill
~ More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth. – Napoleon Hill
~ If you’ve never seen an elephant ski, then you’ve never been on acid. – Eddie Izzard (Definite Article)
~ As soon as I began, it seemed impossible to write fast enough – I wrote faster than I would write a letter – two thousand to three thousand words in a morning, and I cannot help it. – Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885) US writer
In the Middle
of a life that’s as complicated as everyone else’s,
struggling for balance, juggling time.
The mantle clock that was my grandfather’s
has stopped at 9:20; we haven’t had time
to get it repaired. The brass pendulum is still,
the chimes don’t ring. One day you look out the window,
green summer, the next, and the leaves have already fallen,
and a grey sky lowers the horizon. Our children almost grown,
our parents gone, it happened so fast. Each day, we must learn
again how to love, between morning’s quick coffee
and evening’s slow return. Steam from a pot of soup rises,
mixing with the yeasty smell of baking bread. Our bodies
twine, and the big black dog pushes his great head between;
his tail is a metronome, 3/4 time. We’ll never get there,
Time is always ahead of us, running down the beach, urging
us on faster, faster, but sometimes we take off our watches,
sometimes we lie in the hammock, caught between the mesh
of rope and the net of stars, suspended, tangled up
in love, running out of time. – Barbara Crooker (Yarrow)
Magick – Thanksgiving
Heartwings Love Notes 339 Inspiration for Thanksgiving
Heartwings says, “Giving thanks is a wonderful way to recognize the forms and faces of your blessings.”
I begin to dust the objects on my special memento shelf. The small silver eggcup, a baptismal gift from a godmother who died before I was old enough to remember her is tarnished. Polishing it I think of my mother, a young bride alone in a foreign country. I cherish the love she gave me all those years ago.
Each object holds a special memory: The dollhouse cabinet with tiny rockroses on its miniature shelves, a present from one daughter; matches cleverly painted with a city scene of Florence, souvenir of a trip with my youngest; A painted enameled box from my eldest daughter; a handmade card from my son and his delightful partner; small mementos from loving grandchildren.
I dust the Russian nesting doll I brought back from a trip with my mother to that vast land. Next to it is the small glass bottle for carrot juice that had quenched my thirst on a trip we took to Medjugoria. How sad I was when war tore up that countryside. What memories these two objects hold.
A painted shell calls to mind Stephen’s and my wonderful visit to Nova Scotia. The doll pincushion festooned with costume jewelry pins belonged to Stephen’s grandmother. As I blow the dust from it I feel grateful to her for her loving care of Stephen. The small box covered with delicate embroidery belonging to Stephens’s mother is a precious memory of her lovely smile.
All these and more are a reminder to me of the many blessings that fill my life to overflowing. How thankful I feel for my family, for my friends, and for the life I have led. There have been ups and downs. Dear ones have passed away or vanished. Hopes have been dashed. Yet through it all there is a thread of joy that brightens even dark experiences with the knowledge that always, in all ways, I am blessed. And for this I am ever grateful.
Now and always may you enjoy counting your blessings.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
Consider Heartwings: Love Notes for a Joyous Life for your holiday giving. For an inscribed copy, directly from the author mail desired dedication plus name address and $15. for media postage and handling to Tasha Halpert P. O. Box 323, Grafton, MA 01519. To sign up for your free weekly Heartwings Love Notes or to catch any you may have missed, click here: www.heartwingslovenotes.com <http://www.heartwingslovenotes.com/> . Also, watch Tasha reading her children’s stories live on YouTube.
Over the years, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line staff have had their share of memorable calls — inquiries that stand out from the crowd because they’re heartwarming or amusing. We asked some of the veteran staff members to tell us their favorites plus, we rounded up a bunch of our own personal favorites from the Talk-Line archives. It’s hard to beat the call from a trucker who planned to cook his Thanksgiving turkey on the engine of his truck (“Will it cook faster if I drive faster?”), but some of these come pretty close. Warning: do not attempt to adjust your screen — these are real incidents, true stories – from the front lines!
* Home alone, a Kentucky woman was in the doghouse when she called the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. While preparing the turkey, her Chihuahua jumped into the bird’s body cavity and couldn’t get out. She tried pulling the dog and shaking the bird, but nothing worked. She and the dog became more and more distraught. After calming the woman down, the Talk-Line home economist suggested carefully cutting the opening in the cavity of the turkey wider. It worked and Fido was freed!
* Birdie, eagle and turkey? Roasting a turkey doesn’t have to interfere with the daily routine, so said a retired Floridian. He called “Turkey Central” for turkey grilling tips while waiting to tee off from the 14th hole.
* Taking turkey preparation an extra step, a Virginian wondered, “How do you thaw a fresh turkey?” The Talk-Line staffer explained that fresh turkeys aren’t frozen and don’t need to be thawed.
* Don’t wait until the last minute! On Thanksgiving Day, a Georgian woman took the “Be prepared” motto to heart. She had just agreed to host Thanksgiving Dinner and called the Talk-Line a year ahead of time for turkey tips.
* A Southern woman called the White House to comment, “On Thanksgiving Day, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is more important than the President. He can take the day off, but the Talk- Line staff can’t.” (The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is open Thanksgiving Day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Central Standard Time.)
* Thanksgiving Dinner on the run. A woman called 1-800-323-4848 to find out how long it would take to roast her turkey. To answer the question, the Talk-Line home economist asked how much the bird weighed. The woman responded, “I don’t know, it’s still running around outside.”
* Tofu turkey? No matter how you slice it, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without turkey. A restaurant owner in California wanted to know how to roast a turkey for a vegetarian menu.
* White meat, anyone? A West Coast woman took turkey preparation to extremes by scrubbing her bird with bleach. Afterward, she called the Talk-Line to find out how to clean off the bleach. To her dismay, she was advised to dispose of the turkey.
* A young girl called on behalf of her mother who needed roasting advice. To provide approximate roasting times, the home economist asked what size the turkey was. Without asking her mother the little girl paused, then replied, “Medium.”
* A novice turkey-cooking chef wanted to know if the yellow netting and wrapper around the turkey should be removed before roasting. Envisioning a melted plastic turkey blob, the home economist responded, “Yes,” then offered complete roasting directions.