Yesterday ended up being productive, but it was a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other kind of day, a day when we had far too many small tasks to do. I don’t even remember all of it, but filing papers is the part that sticks in my mind. Wow, I hate having to do that! I love having it finished, but getting there… urk.
In the evening we all went to a sausage-making at the Duckmeister’s. We were re-creating a recipe from 1500’s Italy and it turned into a lot of fun!
Today we have cleaning to do. I need to work on the newsletters. We have to finish thawing the turkey. Tempus is going to clean the kitchen and work on his car and I’m going to start getting dishes set up for tomorrow.
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phormium For the traditional uses of the plant fiber http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
In 1893 in New Zealand, 10 weeks after full Suffrage had been granted to women, the next election was held. Thanks to people like Kate Sheppard, leader of the New Zealand female suffrage movement, women voted for the first time in a national general election anywhere in the world. Australia was the second nation, fully nine years later (1902), although on December 18, 1894 women in the State of South Australia became the first in the world to be able to vote andstand for election. Among the earliest nations to grant women the vote include Finland (1906), United Kingdom (1918), and Afghanistan (1922). Switzerland was one of the last, in 1971. Women didn’t get to vote in the USA until 1920, the year that Grandma was born! Photo is Kate Shephard, leader of the movement. There’s more info here: http://www.nzine.co.nz/features/suffrage2.html
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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.
The waning Moon passes Spica as it descends the dawn sky.
Mars is now a bright object in Leo in the morning sky.
Just as comet ISON was disappearing from Earth-based view into the glow of sunrise around November 22nd and 23rd, it showed signs of “turning off”: ceasing to produce fresh gas and dust. But now it may be reviving, as seen from spacecraft pointing close to the Sun.
What, if anything, will be visible when ISON (or its debris) re-emerges into visibility from Earth after perihelion?
Plan to go out for a fascinating dawn observing project — and bring binoculars or a telescope. After the comet’s November 28th dash around the Sun, astronomers will surely be hunting for it very low in the sunset and sunrise as early as November 30th. Assuming anything of it survives, it will climb higher each morning in the dawn. (The evening situation is poorer). The best show would come during the second week of December, as the fading object climbs high into a dark eastern sky before dawn’s first light.
By coincidence, a different binocular comet — Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1 — is in fine binocular view at 5th or 6th magnitude much higher before the beginning of dawn; finder chart here: 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
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Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH) Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 27 Low 12:52 AM 2.0 7:28 AM Rise 1:23 AM 40
~ 27 High 7:32 AM 7.2 4:40 PM Set 1:31 PM
~ 27 Low 2:15 PM 2.2
~ 27 High 7:56 PM 5.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart; the spirit should not grow old.
~ You take for granted what comes easy to you. But others would love to learn your brilliance. – Nika Stewart
~ For fast acting relief, try slowing down.- Lily Tomlin
~ Life is not an easy matter… You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness. – Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian revolutionary
~ A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
In Gaul, the holy Martin, bishop of Tours, marched at the head of his faithful monks, to destroy the idols, the temples, and the consecrated trees of his extensive diocese; and, in the execution of this arduous task, the prudent reader will judge whether Martin was supported by the aid of miraculous powers, or of carnal weapons. – Edward Gibbon (1737 – 1794), on St Martin and the Christian destruction of paganism; Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Magick – Thanksgiving Crafts
A Thanksgiving Paper Vase
You will need:
- A printed copy of the picture (go to the link and print full-size)
- A paper plate, in a holiday print, (or print the 2nd picture, full size)
- Stuff to decorate the plate and put into the vase.
- Paperclips, rubber bands and a small rock or other weight.
- Fold along the red dotted lines.
- Cut out.
- Cut along the solid black lines.
- Fold along the solid yellow line.
- Put glue along the white x’d lines.
- Fold it up. The white x’d lines go to the inside.
- Use paper clips and/or rubber bands to hold your vase while it dries.
- Glue it to the center of your paper plate. Use the rock to hold it down while it dries.
- Decorate! Fill the vase with Pokies, swizzle sticks, flowers, dried leaves or whatever takes your fancy. Use the plate/base to hold holiday candies, acorns, pine cones and maybe even run a string of gold plastic beads through them to make things really fancy.