It’s 46F and marvelously clear. It would be perfect weather for seeing the comet, if there weren’t trees and mountains in the way! First thing this morning, I got a moon bath! The moonlight was falling through the skylight, squarely on the tub. It lighted up the water and the little curls of steam. That was really pretty! I had to be quick, though. I have to be out the door around 7am.
Yesterday was a weird day. I was groggy and out of sorts, so Tempus went to the shop and sent me back to bed. I woke to the domovoi jumping on the bed at about 1pm, got a quick bath and hurried to the shop. A friends had stopped by before work, so Tempus was talking and we chatted for a bit. He started working on lights and I got my packing done for today, then sat down and built kits for awhile. Yes, for me it’s an embroidery event, so I’m going to take some of my kits to show.
It was sunny all day and *warm*! It went up to 60F and me in gloves, poncho and turtleneck! We had to put the fan on at the shop because I was sweltering, and didn’t close the door until about 4:30. It was a gorgeous sunset, all turquoise and pink. Even when it was nearly dark, the colors were strong near the horizon. I left the shop just after 5:30, leaving Tempus still working on lights, so I could print kit inserts and such.
…and then I put the squash in the oven to re-heat and waited for Tempus to get home, since he was going to make a salad. …and finally ate supper in bed. I was tired, but Tempus had one question after another, and then my asthma kicked up. <grr>
I found what seems to be the last one of these wooden opening ornaments when I was going through boxes, yesterday. She’s in the form of an angel with wings, about 4 inches or so tall. I was setting out more ornaments, the Yule Earrings and some Yule pendants that I found. Hopefully, Tempus will get those finished today.
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens., as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort – Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time. I love this drawing of it, because you can clearly see the differences between it and the other artemisias, like sagebrush or wormwood….
The first recorded strike took place among pyramid labourers, Egypt, November 23, 1170 BCE. They were striking over not having a living wage. Has anything changed? This probably was Khendjer’s pyramid in Saqquara, but I don’t have a lot more info. This pyramidon (the top stone on a pyramid) is from his pyramid.
They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids.
Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat?
We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs
and we’re building for them yet. – Anna Louise Strong
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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.
The eclipsing binary star Algol should be at minimum light, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.3, for a couple hours centered on 9:06 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It takes several more hours to fade and to rebrighten.
Venus (magnitude –4.8) is the brilliant “Evening Star” in the southwest during dusk, shining 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 34 arcseconds tall.
Comet ISON is becoming a lot more challenging to spot with binoculars or (better) a telescope as it moves lower in the dawn — even as it brightens day by day, racing toward its November 28th perihelion. See our Latest Updates on Comet ISON (http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/comets/Comet-ISON-Updates-193909261.html )and our press release (with free-for-use high-res graphics) Comet ISON Brightening as its Moment of Truth Nears (http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/comets/232699581.html ).
Meanwhile, Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 remains much higher and easier to see in binoculars before dawn even begins. It’s 5th magnitude and south of the Big Dipper. Use our finder chart. (http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Comets_Ison_Lovejoy_LateNov.pdf )
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
©2013 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 23 High 4:25 AM 6.5 7:23 AM Set 11:38 AM 76
~ 23 Low 9:56 AM 3.6 4:42 PM Rise 10:22 PM
~ 23 High 3:22 PM 6.7
~ 23 Low 10:22 PM 0.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us – Ralph Waldo Emerson
~ Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye. – Musashi Miyamoto
~ True strength is delicate. – Louise Nevelson (1889-1988) Russian artist
~ A compliment is verbal sunshine. – Robert Orben
~ You are full if you are in tune with the universe. If you are not in tune with the universe, then your are empty. And out of that emptiness comes greed – greed is to fill it, with money, houses, furniture, with friends, lovers, with anything. – Osho
In Broken Images
He is quick, thinking in clear images;
I am slow, thinking in broken images.
He becomes dull, trusting to his clear images;
I become sharp, mistrusting my broken images.
Trusting his images, he assumes their relevance;
Mistrusting my images, I question their relevance.
Assuming their relevance, he assumes the fact;
Questioning their relevance, I question their fact.
When the fact fails him, he questions his senses;
when the fact fails me, I approve my senses.
He continues quick and dull in his clear images;
I continue slow and sharp in my broken images.
He in a new confusion of his understanding;
I in a new understanding of my confusion. ~ Robert Graves ~ (In Broken Images)
Magick – Thanksgiving Pictures
Take Your Own Family Holiday Portraits By Cindy Bailey
A reader asked for some more tips regarding taking your own family portraits.
May I suggest the following:
Even if you don’t have a digital camera, don’t be stingy with the number of shots you take. Professional photographers will use a whole roll of 24 or 36 on one subject. It’s really not that expensive, and you get the shot you want. Besides, you can send the ones that aren’t your favorites to friends and acquaintances in those frame-style Christmas cards that you can get at the dollar store. (Or make your own frames).
It’s a good idea to move your subject around; change the background, whatever, just in case there is something wrong that you aren’t noticing, like something stuck on the bottom of the baby’s shoe or something!
With babies and small children, keep snapping, even if they’re weeping or pouting or pulling one another’s hair! Some of my best shots have been of this spontaneous variety. The perfectly posed ones where everyone is smiling at the camera seem boring after that! (See attached photo of my niece. We had been bribing her with the lollypop she’s holding, but we couldn’t get it back from her at this point, so I just snapped away. Her mother and my parents–the baby’s grandparents–liked this one best of all!) This type of photo gets more precious with the passing years.
Also in this photo, notice that the oversized green ornament matches the background–grass. The green contrasts with the white outfit. The leopard skin makes you think of a green jungle. You get the idea. People don’t think of all these things when they look at the photo, but somehow they know the photo looks RIGHT.
Also notice that I got down on the baby’s level, which gives the photo more depth. The grass in front of her feet is in the foreground where it should be and the background is dark and somewhat out of focus.
Always step back and look at the background before you place the baby/dog/whoever in the setting. Sometimes there is an electric cord or plant that will look like it’s sticking up out of the person’s head or something. You will need to work really fast once you get your subject in place.
When creating your background, try to create layers so your photo will have depth. For example, in the photo that appeared on this site yesterday, I used a printed fabric, and then gathered the tulle and draped it like a curtain. You don’t have to buy new fabric, use what you have on hand, but even for a small baby you’ll need at least two yards of each kind. If you don’t want anything so fancy, maybe hang a piece of denim and attach a couple of raffia bows. Put the baby in little bib overalls with a bright red shirt and little hiking boots.
You can make your photos more meaningful if you place the baby’s favorite lovey or blankey or binkey (or the dog’s “mean kitty”toy) somewhere strategically in the portrait. Try to have your background match it. It will bring its own set of fond memories.
If you are sending the photo as a Christmas greeting, give your photo a title or caption or write a little rhyme about it. People just love that. For example, I dubbed the photo that was posted here yesterday as the “Snow Princess in the Desert” because she was holding a snowflake and she lives in Nevada.
Your great photos go to waste if you don’t display them prominently and appropriately. Regarding my niece’s photo, last year on her first Christmas, I had her sitting on white, star-studded tulle. I bought a large frame (for about $5) which was matted for an 8 x 10. I cut strips of the fabric and covered the mat with them, attaching it with glue stick. Her mother went wild over it!
Finally, keep the photo shoot in perspective and hang onto your sense of humor. In the years to come, you will be so glad you did.
To see the photos: