In case you hadn’t thought of it, the shop is going to be closed on Thanksgiving Day and open regular hours on Friday. Small Business Saturday is going to feature a bunch of workshops and specials! Watch here for details!
For all that the computer says, “overcast”, it’s quite sunny. There’re clouds up there, and they occasionally dim the sun, but they’re thin. It’s 51F, now, and might get up to nearly 60, which it did yesterday. We do seem to be wearing out this lovely weather, but it’s been marvelous to have a break.
The birds got some stale bread yesterday again, and we had a new one. I haven’t seen these before. I found one picture yesterday, when I got a few minutes to look, but darned if I can remember the name! …but I’m not sure, anyway. It did kinda look right. It’s hard to ID birds and plants. One pictures isn’t enough. I usually see if I can track down something that looks right and head out on the web to find more info and more pictures. This morning there are a lot of crows and jays, and one cat who apparently found the remnants of the salmon pie irresistible. She curled up on the railing in the sunshine, blinking sleepily, but that’s kept a lot of the birds away. …and she’s back, trying to get at some more of those leavings. The funny part is that she’s eating cooked squash and bread more than she’s eating any fish, because all that was left was juice and crust!
Yesterday was pretty quiet at the shop. That’s not a bad thing. I did a bunch of writing up of notes and reports and lists that needed to be done. I started putting away the stock from the weekend and got a good long way down the road to being finished with that, but it took “pecking” at it all day long.
Tempus was home working on his car most of the day. It’s been acting up and he was just in here telling me about how it was acting up this morning again. One of the other paper drivers is going to stop by to look at it, though. Apparently there’s a common problem with Subarus.
I didn’t remember calling off class last night, but I must have. It was a good thing, though, because I was already starting to have problem with the smoke from the school as the wind changed and began blowing it our way around sunset. When we left the shop around 7pm there was just a smell of smoke, but it was hard on my breathing so I was glad to get home.
I didn’t get to sleep, even though I was tired, because every time I curled up I would start to cough, so I read and rested, which I needed too.
Today has started slowly. I’m still tired. Tempus is rumpusing in the back, trying to get things cleared enough for Robyne, who is getting in on the bus this afternoon. I was hoping to bake today, but that’s not happening, so I’m going to be setting up newsletters and then trying to make sure we have space in the living room to socialize. We’re still trying to sort out all that stuff that we got out of storage and it’s really all over the house.
Tempus is going to be driving our elderly friend around later in the day and we’re still trying to figure out how to get Robyne picked up from the bus station, but we’ll manage.
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter months. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others – Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Late November, the Bogong Moth Dreaming, Australia – At one time this was a standard festival for several tribes, where disputes were settled, rites of passage performed and a food source was honored. Sadly the festival feast no longer can include the moth caterpillars since they are too toxic from pesticide use… more on the moth itself, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogong_Moth
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
The Moon is a Waning Crescent. 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 11/29 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. Waning Crescent Moon– Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends 11/28 at 4:22am.
Jupiter‘s Great Red Spot should cross the planet’s central meridian around 11:36 p.m. Eastern Standard Time tonight. The tiny black shadow of Jupiter’s moon Io crosses the planet’s face from 11:47 p.m. EST to 2:01 a.m. EST.
By about 2 a.m. Wednesday morning the waning Moon is up in the east with Mars shining to its left. By dawn Wednesday morning, they’re high in the southeast.
You may think you know Cassiopeia, but I bet you’ve never hunted its open cluster King 20 or teased apart the multiple star ADS 16795 just ½° to the cluster’s west. And, the charming double star Struve 3022 shines in the same telescopic field. See Sue French’s Deep-Sky Wonders in the November Sky & Telescope, page 56. http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/newtrack/st_201311/
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) is visible in Pisces most of the night, setting around 3 a.m. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune – http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights/Uranus-and-Neptune-in-2013-190064991.html
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 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
Tu 26 High 6:47 AM 6.9 7:27 AM Rise 12:21 AM 49
~ 26 Low 1:14 PM 2.9 4:40 PM Set 1:03 PM
~ 26 High 6:41 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold it.
~ Beware the barrenness of a busy life. – Socrates
~ The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher
~ Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in circumstances confronting him. – St. Thomas Aquinas
~ The creator of the new composition in the arts is an outlaw until he is a classic. – Gertrude Stein, U.S. writer
This day now past
Has passed into memory,
Gone by, moment by moment,
Each a tick or a tock,
A parade of ants
Moving time grain by grain.
This day will not come again.
Another takes its place
And another, until at last
The last day is done
And time becomes for me
Yet now is not then.
I do not know the when of it
Nor am I in a rush
To reach the end. Let it bend
In upon itself
Spiraling me in and out of it
Until I am one with All
And that All is Now – Written and Submitted by Tasha Halpert
Magick – Thanksgiving Lore
Turkey Day Bits 3
Did you Know?
Thanksgiving – November 28, 2002 (This was from a newsletter, now defunct)
The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter. In that year Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians.
Days of thanksgiving were celebrated throughout the colonies after fall harvests. All thirteen colonies did not, however, celebrate Thanksgiving at the same time until October 1777. George Washington was the first president to declare the holiday, in 1789.
By the mid-1800s, many states observed a Thanksgiving holiday. Poet and editor Sarah J. Hale lobbyied for a national Thanksgiving holiday. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, looking for ways to unite the nation, discussed the subject with Hale. In 1863 he gave his Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November a day of thanksgiving.
In 1939, 1940, and 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt, proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1941 decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November.
Did you Know?
A lot of what we learned in grade school and even high school is “history made simple.” Here is some information about Pilgrims you may not know.
“Mainstream Englishmen considered the Pilgrims to be deliberate religious dropouts who intended to found a new nation completely independent from non-Puritan England. In 1643 the Puritan/Pilgrims declared themselves an independent confederacy, one hundred and forty- three years before the American Revolution. They believed in the imminent occurrence of Armegeddon in Europe and hoped to establish here in the new world the “Kingdom of God” foretold in the book of Revelation. They diverged from their Puritan brethren who remained in England only in that they held little real hope of ever being able to successfully overthrow the King and Parliament and, thereby, impose their “Rule of Saints” (strict Puritan orthodoxy) on the rest of the British people. So they came to America not just in one ship (the Mayflower) but in a hundred others as well….”
The Puritans were not just simple religious conservatives persecuted by the King and the Church of England for their unorthodox beliefs. They were political revolutionaries who not only intended to overthrow the government of England, but who actually did so in 1649! (To learn about that, read about Cromwell who became, “Lord Protector of England.”)
In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is now known as the first Thanksgiving. The only two items that historians know for sure were on the menu are venison and wild fowl, which are mentioned in primary sources.
Did you Know?
Foods that were available to the pilgrims at the time were:
SEAFOOD: Cod, Eel, Clams, Lobster
WILD FOWL: Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, Eagles
MEAT: Venison, Seal
GRAIN: Wheat Flour, Indian Corn
VEGETABLES: Pumpkin, Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots
FRUIT: Plums, Grapes
NUTS: Walnuts, Chestnuts, Acorns
HERBS and SEASONINGS: Olive Oil, Liverwort, Leeks, Dried Currants, Parsnips
Foods that may not have been available were:
HAM: There is no evidence that the colonists had butchered a pig by this time, though they had brought pigs with them from England.
SWEET POTATOES/POTATOES: These were not common. (Southern food.)
CORN ON THE COB: Corn was kept dried out at this time of year.
CRANBERRY SAUCE: The colonists had cranberries but no sugar at this time.
PUMPKIN PIE: It’s not a recipe that exists at this point, though the pilgrims had recipes for stewed pumpkin.
CHICKEN/EGGS: We know that the colonists brought hens with them from England, but it’s unknown how many they had left at this point or whether the hens were still laying.
MILK: No cows had been aboard the Mayflower, though it’s possible that the colonists used goat milk to make cheese.