It’s grey and damp and breezy outside. 50F. Kinda blah. Doesn’t help that I’m still groggy….
I was looking at pictures of tidepools from summer and wishing that I had had more time to look at the tidepools…. We get so busy in the summer that unless we schedule it specifically we rarely get out, and having to pull that stuff from storage mid-seasons didn’t help. We’re *still* sorting stuff.
Yesterday’s wind wasn’t much of a much, other than breezy, but you can hear the ocean roaring! It wasn’t even enough to make the banners bang and snap, because it was steady.
I got the shop open on time and worked for a bit by myself, because Tempus was home making sure tarps and such were fastened down. Once he got there I was groggy enough to nap, but when I got up, we got to work. A consigner came in to pick up her cash for sales and to trade out some items and we had a few customers, but mostly we just worked. There was one student again for the class, but she’s a really serious one. I just wish the other one would get herself together.
I’m going to do the We Speak on the Marine Reserves today at Cape Perpetua. That’s a 1pm. Before and after I’m working on newsletter and sorting dishes. We’re going to pack up a couple of sets that we aren’t using and pt them away. I don’t know if the kids will want them or we’ll just hand them off to someone else. We’ll we’ll see.
Today’s Plant is Bleeding Heart, lamprocapnos spectabilis (which Cunningham has as dicentra spectabilis, an older designation). Other names are: old-fashioned bleeding-heart, Venus’s car, Lady in a bath, Dutchman’s trousers, or Lyre-flower, which all have various folklore attached. They’re native to Asia, but are common garden ornamentals and so suited to our climate that I assumed that they were native here! You see them all through the woods at this time of year. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Used in magick mostly as a divination. Crush the flower. If it “bleeds red” there is love. If it “bleeds white”, either love has died, or there is no hope of it. Be careful if you bring the live plant indoors because it can produce irritation and anger between people in the household. To forestall this push a silver bead or a dime (standing in for silver) into the soil, and say, “Lady of the Moon, give us peace, in your honor, and we honor you!” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamprocapnos_spectabilis
The Man in the Iron Mask is a figure mostly of fiction and legend, but there is an historical basis. This date in 1703 marks his death. Held for more than forty years in prison (the 19th-Century folklorist Robert Chambers says only the last five years of his imprisonment were actually in the Bastille) during the reign of King Louis XIV, the Man in the Iron Mask was an unknown prisoner. Most probably he was a general with whom the king was furious although he was originally admitted under the name of a valet privy to embarrassing events and was buried under the name, “Matthioli” . More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_in_the_Iron_Mask
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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.
After 9 or 10 this evening, you’ll find the waning gibbous Moon shining inside a huge quadrilateral: Capella to the Moon’s upper left, Aldebaran to the Moon’s upper right, Betelgeuse closer to its lower right, and bright Jupiter far to its lower left.
Mars (magnitude 1.4, in Leo) rises around 1 a.m. It’s moving eastward against the background stars, pulling farther away to the lower left from Regulus. By dawn, Mars and Regulus are high in the south-southeast. Mars is still a tiny disappointment in a telescope, only 5 arcseconds wide.
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
Tu 19 High 1:38 AM 6.9 7:18 AM Set 9:03 AM 98
~ 19 Low 7:00 AM 3.0 4:45 PM Rise 6:40 PM
~ 19 High 12:44 PM 8.3
~ 19 Low 7:45 PM -0.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Rest is good, but not when it feeds inertia. Let rest be true rest, then rise again to the practices that feed your soul.
~ Parents that can’t say no to their kids can’t prepare them for success either. – Steve Keating CSE
~ Go out into the world and run straight at your fears. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ What’s worse than being blind? Is to have sight but no vision. – Helen Keller
~ I was the seventh of nine children. When you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
Because no one could ever praise me enough,
because I don’t mean these poems only
but the unseen
unbelievable effort it takes to live
the life that goes on between them,
I think all the time about invisible work.
About the young mother on Welfare
I interviewed years ago,
who said, “It’s hard.
You bring him to the park,
run rings around yourself keeping him safe,
cut hot dogs into bite-sized pieces for dinner,
and there’s no one
to say what a good job you’re doing,
how you were patient and loving
for the thousandth time even though you had a headache.”
And I, who am used to feeling sorry for myself
because I am lonely,
when all the while,
as the Chippewa poem says, I am being carried
by great winds across the sky,
thought of the invisible work that stitches up the world day and night,
the slow, unglamorous work of healing,
the way worms in the garden
tunnel ceaselessly so the earth can breathe
and bees ransack this world into being,
while owls and poets stalk shadows,
our loneliest labors under the moon.
There are mothers
for everything, and the sea
is a mother too,
whispering and whispering to us
long after we have stopped listening.
I stopped and let myself lean
a moment, against the blue
shoulder of the air. The work
of my heart
is the work of the world’s heart.
There is no other art. – Alison Luterman (The Largest Possible Life)
Magick – Thanksgiving Crafts
Turkey Napkin Rings
Materials: construction paper in fall colors: yellow, orange, brown, red, green, etc.
glue or rubber cement
Cut strips of construction paper about 5 inches long and 1 inch or so wide. Roll the napkin into a cylinder. Wrap a strip around the napkin center and tape it in place. Do this for as many napkins as you expect to need.
Next, cut a 3 inch wide half circle for each napkin — your choice of colors — for the tails. Clip the curved side if you wish to create a feather effect or use markers.
Cut a 2 inch circle for the body. Cut a pear-shape for the head and neck. Draw the eyes, beak and wattles with markers.
Glue the tail to the strip around the napkin — take care not to get glue on the napkin. Glue the body to the tail. Glue the head to the body.
Paper Cup Gobblers
(These will make parents crazy, but kids love them)
Use a yellow paper cup – not the small size but coffee size or larger.
With the cup upside down – use colored paper or construction paper to make a beak and the red thingy on its head.
Use black marker or wiggly eyes.
Then take kite string, or other natural fiber string (not nylon or twine) cut about 16″ depending on the size of your cup. Tape it inside on the center of the bottom of the cup so when you hold up your gobbler the cup is upside down and the string is hanging down around 8-10″ or so.
Now, wet the string slightly and wet your fingers – pull your fingers down the string and your gobbler will gobble.
By Mary S
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