It’s really chilly! It’s only 43F at nearly noon! It apparently went down to 36F last night. My study still hasn’t warmed up in most of an hour that I’ve been up.
I crawled back in with Tempus after I got the newsletter out and we caught up on a week’s worth of snooze-time. I got up just in time to grab a cup of coffee, dress and head out for the We Speak down at Cape Perpetua Interpretive Center. It was grey and breezy, and the ocean steely and loud. The trees were very green and clean, or bare and licheny.
I wish I had had my camera, because I ran across an interesting growth on an old stump. Some sort of lichen was poking out of the moss and I couldn’t identify it. Nor could the Center folks from my description.
The We Speak was a little elementary on the facts about our tidal areas and the critters that live here , but the news and discussion of the Marine Gardens, Marine Reserves and changes to the laws as of January 1 were really helpful. I’m seriously thinking about writing a couple of kids’ explanatory sheets for the smaller set, because the etiquette of the tidal area is something that they ought to learn early.
It’s on my mind because of an incident earlier this summer with a 6-year-old merrily stomping and crunching live mussels at Seal Rock, with his mother calmly looking on. She got mad at me for telling him that he was killing animals with his stomping and did he *really* want to do that? Someone had to. I’m a meddling old bat, I know, but if he’d been doing it to a cat or a chicken, folks would have stopped him. Why are mussels of less value?
So, coming home the view of the ocean was even better. The clouds were beginning to break a little and were a pearly grey. Where the sun was shining through everything turned to pale gold. The ocean was a deeper grey and not as many whitecaps.
So, I got to work on the newsletters and kept going well into the evening. After that I spent awhile on a free download site picking up some irish music. Some of which was lovely. http://www.freeirishmusic.com/
Tempus still wasn’t home (working at a friend’s, doing chores) so I talked to some friends and then crawled into bed to read, listen to Hearts of Space and to wait. Before it was over he was home and we were working on a shopping list for this morning. He snoozes in the parking lot after he’s done his route and then does the weekly shopping.
I was up for a bit pre-dawn, all excited that I might get to see the comets. I wasn’t thinking about the Coast Range! <sigh> I should have remembered that we can’t see Mercury to the east, either. I went out and looked. I might have seen comet Lovejoy… maybe…. that’s a little disappointing. So I shivered myself back to sleep.
Cooking, baking and kitchen work for today. I’m going to try to pre-prep part of our Thanksgiving dinner and want to make some quiche and hopefully start on some of the holiday cookies. I just found a container of wine pulp, too, so I’m thinking to make some quick bread of that. I won’t get it all done, but will do whatever comes up first!
I was also considering making up the stuffing early and having some tonight with pork chops, then packing the rest of it into muffin cups and freezing serving portions that way. Supposedly you can then take single servings and heat them in the oven. It would make my life a lot easier. Time to experiment.
Oh, cranberry jam/relish.
…and we have esbat tonight. Not sure why that wasn’t on my radar….
<<<< Another one of the cornucopias. Some of the small ones are made out of ribbon. This one has a bead “handle” and a button decoration. These are perfect for tiny gifts and a special candy. I’ve heard of people putting small truffles in these.
Lupines are represented on the coast by the Large-Leaved Lupine, Lupinus polyphyllus, (which is often the common garden variety and all over out here) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_polyphyllus and Kincaid’s Lupine, Lupinus sulphureus subsp. Kincaidii (which used to be called Oregon Lupine). The latter is threatened as they’re disappearing and are needed for an also disappearing butterfly. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupinus_sulphureus We also get the yellow varieties of this one on the coast. More on the main lupin species here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin These are tall showy flower spikes with a distinctive leaf pattern that bloom all summer into the fall. Some varieties of lupins (the “sweet lupins”) are eaten, but many require soaking in salt water for long periods of time to get the alkaloids out that could be poisonous. These were eaten by the indigenes, but no one has said how they were prepared. There’s a little here about the beans, which are being used as a vegan food, but have a high potential for allergic effects. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupin_bean – Masculine, Fire, Moon – As far as magick goes, it’s not listed very many places, but its old name is “Blood from a head”. The word “lupine” derives from the word for wolf, as well. They are useful in magicks for any canine. In fact, I always include them in amulets for dogs or wolves. They can also be used to help with spirit communication with the canine/lupine totems. They have also been used in curse magicks for getting rid of things like cancers, or resistant viruses and bacteria or even for brain tumors.
Praetextatus and Paulina, pagan activists, Roman Empire – Praetextatus and Paulina, husband and wife, were guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries. In 364 CE, they resisted the order of the Christian emperor Valentinian I to suppress these already ancient Greek pagan sacred rites. Praetextatus and Paulina were virtuous people and involved with many paths, more than just the Mysteries. They were also proponents of the numen multiplex, which resembles more polytheism/pantheism. They were married for over 40 years and lived out their lives before the worst of the persecutions began, but saw the problems revving up. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetextatus_%28aristocrat%29
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is Waning Gibbous. 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.
By late evening the waning Moon is up in the east. It’s now part of a long, ragged, roughly horizontal snake. From right to left: Rigel in Orion’s foot in the east-southeast, Orion’s Belt, Betelgeuse, the Moon, Jupiter, Pollux, and above Pollux, Castor.
Saturn is deep in the glow of sunrise.
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
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree month of Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. 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
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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
W 20 High 2:18 AM 6.8 7:20 AM Set 9:49 AM 95
~ 20 Low 7:39 AM 3.2 4:44 PM Rise 7:32 PM
~ 20 High 1:20 PM 7.9
~ 20 Low 8:22 PM -0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Some people have learned to earn well, but they haven’t learned to live well.
~ If we’re looking for outer conditions to bring us contentment, we’re looking in vain. – Ayya Khema,
~ And so this is Christmas for black and for white, for yellow and red, let’s stop all the fight. – John Lennon (1940-1980) English singer, songwriter
~ Then followed that beautiful season…Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
~ All who call on God in true faith, earnestly from the heart, will certainly be heard, and will receive what they have asked and desired. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
Instruction at the Gate – Bill Ransom
At the gateway to the beast
your arms brim with dead leaves.
Words, not fate, put you here.
Sweet breath of the beast wets this fall air,
That wrist of sunlight snagged in the weeds
Feel the pulse, yes
the beast feels it, too.
Bury your face in the leaves,
prepare to teach the beast: these.
Words put you here, not stars.
Listen to its supple flex across the weeds,
that cupped palm of sunlight.
Magick – Thanksgiving Activity
Letters of Thanksgiving – November 22nd, 2007
Color of the day: Purple Incense of the day: Dill
This is kind of like a Secret Santa game, in that each person in your family or group should pick one person’s name from a hat about a week before Thanksgiving. Meditate on the person you chose and call to mind all that you have learned from knowing this person. Then write that person a letter expressing how thankful you are for his or her presence in your life and tell him or her just how much you care. Then, invite everyone over for a Thanksgiving feast. Read your letters at the end of your meal and celebrate with dessert. This exercise can take a bit of courage, particularly if you are not used to freely expressing your feelings. But it opens the heart and throat chakras and deepens the bonds of love in ways you might not expect.
By: Kristin Madden