I’m up well before dawn. There’s frost shining in the moonlight on the roof of the house next door. Tempus is out doing his paper route and we’ll both go back to bed when he gets home.
Once the newsletter was out, Tempus was still not home, so I worked some more on newsletters. I’m trying to get them put together, not just for this week, but next, since we’re going to have company and I’m going to have less time than usual and this weekend is busy, too, with my classes in Longview on Saturday and the Elders’ Council and then the OCPPG staff meeting on Sunday. Btw, if you’re going to go with us to dinner at the China Restaurant (5pm and it’s a $6.50 special) I need to know, so I can give Ray a number of people. They’re opening especially for us!
I spent awhile working on the new kit, although I’m planning to really work on that today. …and quite a lot of time waiting for Tempus. He didn’t get home until past 2pm. By the time things were put away it was past 5, so no real cooking happened.
I got to the shop in plenty of time for esbat and set out some more holiday goodies while I was waiting for the others. Cat didn’t make it, but Rowan and Marius and I talked quite a bit about OCPPG and the Sabbats that we’re doing this year. We’re thinking of this year, coming up on our 10th anniversary at Mabon as our “Heritage” year. We’re going to celebrate what brought each of us to this path and something that keeps us on it.
When I left the shop it was 35F. The gibbous moon was rising, golden against the sky behind the black trees. Once my eyes adjusted it was easy to see the stars. The Pleiades were already quite far up the sky.
Tempus was sacked out out in the bedroom when I got in. He got up for a few minutes around 10pm and then crawled back in. Well, thank goodness!
So Tempus will be at the shop today. I’m going to be writing and working at home. I’m hoping I’m going to be taking pictures of some embroidery stuff, too. At worst I’ll be doing some of the cooking/baking that I wanted to get done yesterday. Tempus is going to be working on the trees and the windows at the shop. I’m hoping that he’ll get some more of the decorations sorted out.
Another one of the flat, featherweight ornaments. They come in several sizes, this being just about the smallest. There are two double-sided shapes, attached by a ribbon in most of this style. This one happens to be stars instead of trees, or hearts or other fun symbols. These ornaments work very well both as mailable package decorations, and for very small trees.
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, loasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallentry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
Day of Kukulkán (Quetzalcoatl); Mayan Kukulkan – Mayan God from whom the Aztec Quetzalcoatl is derived. – Source of date: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. The feathered serpent is a major god of the Maya. The symbols date back at least 2000 years, but we don’t really know the forms of the worship. So much was destroyed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatl
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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.
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!
Jupiter (magnitude –2.5, in Gemini) rises in the east-northeast around 8 or 9 p.m. with Pollux and Castor to its left. It blazes highest around 3 or 4 a.m. In a telescope Jupiter has grown to 43 arcseconds wide as it heads toward its January 5th opposition. Jupiter is the bright “star” upper left of the Moon late this evening. Although they look close together, Jupiter is currently 1,660 times farther away. And Pollux and Castor, to Jupiter’s left and upper left, are 500,000 and 730,000 times farther than Jupiter! (at 34 and 52 light-years, respectively).
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
Th 21 High 2:58 AM 6.7 7:21 AM Set 10:30 AM 90
~ 21 Low 8:20 AM 3.4 4:44 PM Rise 8:27 PM
~ 21 High 1:56 PM 7.6
~ 21 Low 9:00 PM 0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I forgive my mistakes and live on.
~ I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art. – Madonna
~ Reflective thinking turns experience into insight. – John Maxwell
~ All we are is a lot of talking nitrogen. – Arthur Miller (1915-2005) US playwright
~ Sometimes the answer isn’t overcoming an obstacle in your life, it is avoiding it or going around. – Kerr Cuhulain
In Praise of the Great Bull Walrus
I wouldn’t like to be one
of the walrus people
for the rest of my life
but I wish I could spend
one sunny afternoon
lying on the rocks with them.
I suspect it would be similar
to drinking beer in a tavern
that caters to longshoremen
and won’t admit women.
We’d exchange no
cosmic secrets. I’d merely say,
“How yuh doin’ you big old walrus?”
and the nearest of
the walrus people
“Me? I’m doin’ great.
How yuh doin’ yourself,
you big old human being, you?”
How good it is to share
the earth with such creatures
and how unthinkable it would have been
to have missed all this
by not being born:
a happy thought, that,
for not being born is
the only tragedy
that we can imagine
but never fear. ~ Alden Nowlan ~ (Between Tears and Laughter: Selected Poems)
Magick – Thanksgiving Kid Recipes
I was lucky that I had folks who were interested in me having fun, not just eating myself sick on Thanksgiving. They were really good with all of the holidays, which is why I have so much lore, etc. to share. Kids often get left out of the prep, but these things are fun for them to get involved in.
Turkey Sweet to Eat – (Parental supervision is recommended for youngsters.) – These are a fun craft/recipe to do on the next day you can play with the kids! They will keep in the freezer, but pull them out when you set the table. They’re a fun decoration and they’ll be thawed by dessert-time.
Note: As in all recipes, results can vary depending on humidity, conditions, type of microwave, etc.)
What You Need:
Bag of candy corn (beak and eyes)
Bag of caramel candy squares (body)
Bag of chocolate squares (base/feet) (Godiva are yum, but too thin. Go for Dove or equivalent, two large gold foil coins, stacked, also work)
Bag of striped chocolate cookies (tail and feathers)
Thanksgiving cup cake liners
Waxed paper squares (cut 3”)
How To Make It
- Cut your waxed paper squares and place on the microwavable plate.
- Unwrap a piece of chocolate to use as the base of the turkey.
- Place on the waxed paper.
- Unwrap a piece of caramel and stick on top of the Dove chocolate bar for the turkey’s body.
- Take a piece of candy corn and push down on top of the caramel (pointed end out). This makes the turkey’s beak.
- Take another piece of caramel and push down on top of the first caramel. This is the head of the turkey.
- Break off the little white ends of 2 candy corns and push in the top caramel for the eyes.
- Take one striped chocolate cookie and apply to the back of the body to form the feathers.
- Put the turkey in the microwave for a few seconds to about 8 seconds just so that the candy and cookie can fuse together. Watch this! Not too much time or it will melt. Eating the mistakes is part of the fun….
- Place in freezer for a few minutes to help the turkey “set up” quicker.
- Serve in a Thanksgiving cupcake paper.
If you’re going to do these more than the day before, have a good freezer box ready. I have a Tupperware that’s just tall enough… if the bottom of the box is not flat (e.g. Gladware) pad it with paper towels so the treats don’t bash each other apart when handled. Put them in a spot in the freezer (or even the back of the fridge) where they won’t be disturbed.
GRAHAM CRACKER TURKEYS – A “good for you” treat for the kids to help make. These do not freeze well, but will keep for a week in the back of the fridge. I’ve found that they get soggy sitting out.
1/4 cup unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 sliced banana
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 cup graham flour *
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
Turkey shaped cookie cutter
* Graham Flour is a kind of flour, just like the more common wheat flour. If you can’t find it in your supermarket, try calling health food stores.
- Combine apple juice, oil, banana, vanilla, and cinnamon in a blender.
- In a large bowl, mix together graham flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Add apple juice mixture to flour mixture and stir thoroughly.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out with turkey shaped cookie cutter.
- Use a fork to poke holes for eyes and feathers.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.
Yield: Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies
According to the U.K. Sunday People, http://www.people.co.uk/ thousands
of English men are getting the brush off when women they’re interested
in hand them their phone number, which turns out to be a recording that,
when called tells the hapless Romeo:
“The person you are calling was obviously not interested. For advice on
personal hygiene, improving your dress sense or better ways of
approaching females, please hold.”
After a short pause, the message continues:
“I’m sorry, all our operators are busy washing their hair.”
From: Bonehead of the Day Award, http://bonehead.oddballs.com/
Source: The Oregonian, Copyright (c) July 2, 2002,