It’s 57 and overcast. We’re supposed to get more rain today again, but right now it’s just damp, cool and quiet.
Yesterday was a long day. I didn’t get the newsletters set up the way I had planned because I ended up doing research most of the day and getting some writing done. I’m not going to try to do the NaNoWriMo challenge this year, but I’m getting some licks in.
In the evening was the Circle business meeting. We whomped through a lot in a short period of time. As part of this coming Turn of the Wheel theme, which is outreach, we’re going to try to contribute hats to the disaster stash that the county is putting together. They’re mostly looking for kid hats, but all are welcome, anything but wool. If you have some you want to donate they can be dropped off at the shop.
Today I’m going to be at the shop. Tempus is driving for our elderly friend again, but when he gets back I have to spend some time with the sorting. We’re supposed to have a Sewing Time this afternoon from 3pm until we quit, as well, and I have a Shoyeido incense order to unpack.
Of course, this next bit brings up the funny story about what Tempus *didn’t* say…. He should have *asked* me whether all the herbs in the garden are edible before spicing the roast with wormwood… 🙂
Today’s plant is Kinnikinnick, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi. It is used medicinally for urinary tract complaints, as a “poverty food”, and as a smoking herb, known for giving visions. Magickally it is used for ceremonies. Add to sachets designed to increase psychic power. Full article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctostaphylos_uva-ursi More inhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearberry
The Rhyne Toll, Chetwode Manor, UK (Oct 30 – Nov 7) – At Chetwode, near Buckingham, England, the Lord of the Manor has the right to levy a yearly tax, called the ‘Rhyne Toll’, on all cattle found between October 30 and November 7 on his ‘liberty’, a grazing domain. Apparently a knight who slew an enormous boar in antiquity was rewarded with this manor and toll. In the 1800’s a mound in the area was unearthed and yielded up the skeleton of an enormous boar. These days, it’s a party, of course! More here: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/h/i/Billy-R-Chitwood/GENE12-0039.html and here (a couple of screens down) http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62559
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends on 11/6 at 2:23pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Waxing Quarter on 10/30 at 7:48pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/5 at 2:23am.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 10:48 p.m. EDT. The First Quarter Moon rises around 1:45 p.m. and sets around 12:30 a.m. It dominates the evening sky. This is the second of two First Quarter Moons this month. (exactly Quarter at 3:33 p.m. EDT)
As twilight fades out, use binoculars to look a bit right of the Moon for Alpha Capricorni, a wide, lovely yellow double star. Look to Alpha’s lower left for Beta Capricorni, a less wide, more difficult double for binoculars; the secondary star in this case is fainter.
Mercury is now in its best dawn display for 2014.
Goddess Month of Hathor runs from 10/3 – 10/30
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl)
Runic half-month of Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl) – 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
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Fill your heart with courage and you will be able to face life with confidence.
~ A play should give you something to think about. When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can’t be much good. – Thomas Stearnes Eliot (1888-1965) US writer
~ I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. – Harry Emerson Fosdick, US Clergyman
~ If God lets me live, I shall attain more than Mummy ever has done. I shall not remain insignificant. I shall work in the world and for mankind! – Anne Frank, in her diary
~ The place to begin taking charge of your life is “know thyself. – Kerr Cuhulain
A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. – Mohandas Gandhi
The beginning of meditation is self-knowledge, which means being aware of every movement of thought and feeling, knowing all the layers of my consciousness, not only the superficial layers but the hidden, the deeply concealed activities. To know the deeply concealed activities, the hidden motives, responses, thoughts and feelings, there must be tranquillity in the conscious mind; that is the conscious mind must be still in order to receive the projection of the unconscious. – J. Krishnamurti
A Simple Ritual:
This Ritual shall be performed during the evening hours, sometime after Sunset. Sweep area, starting in the North and moving deosil, with your magickal broom to cleanse the Circle area and “sweep away” any lingering negative energies. Set up the Quarter candles (North-Green, East-Yellow, South-Red, West-Blue) and/or other items symbolizing the elements at the Four Quarters. Set up your altar as desired, and face it to the North, covering it with the orange-and-black altar cloth. Place all of the items listed below in their proper places upon it. For this ceremony, decorate the altar with photographs, obituaries and other mementos of loved ones who have passed on (Family, Friends and Pets), and whatever else feels right. In addition to your usual tools and props, upon the altar should be:
Orange and/or Black Altar Cloth
Photographs, Obituaries and other Mementos from Loved Ones (Family, Friends and Pets) who have passed on…
Three Candles in Holders for the Triple Goddess (1 White, 1 Red, and 1 Black – placed on the Left side of the Altar)
Three Candles in Holders for the Triple God (1 Yellow, 1 Green, and 1 Black – placed on the Right side of the Altar)
Cauldron with a Black Candle inside
An Apple and a Bolline (or other Sharp Knife to cut it with)
Food and Drink of your choice for sharing the Feast with the Departed Ones…
Incense, Autumnal Blend using any combination of the following, or simply use one alone:
Mint, Nutmeg, Sage, Apple, and Heliotrope
When all is set up, take a shower or bath for purification and don your ritual robe or other ritual attire. Be sure to wear your magickal jewelry. Sit quietly and meditate for a little while – to ground and center before beginning the Ritual. When you feel ready to begin, play some quiet peaceful music for the ritual.
Cast the Circle… Sit quietly meditating within the cast Circle for a little while… When you feel ready, begin by turning to the three candles on the left side of the altar, saying:
“I light three candles for the Triple Goddess…
…the Great Lady of Three Aspects.”
Light the White Candle, saying:
“Glorious Maiden, Goddess of youth and new beginnings, dawn, and the planted seed…
Light the Red Candle, saying:
“Great Mother, Goddess of magick and plenty, love and knowledge.”
Light the Black Candle, saying:
“Dark Crone, wise Goddess of the night, death and rebirth.
I welcome the Goddess in all Her forms.”
Turn to the three candles on the right side of the altar, saying:
“I light three candles for the Triple God…
…Great Lord of many faces.
Light the Yellow Candle, saying:
“Bright Sun King, God of success and plenty…”
Light the Green Candle, saying:
“Horned God of the Woodlands,
God of fertility and growth…”
Light the Black Candle, saying:
“Dark Lord of the Underworld,
God of protection and rest…
I welcome the God in all His forms.”
With the Wand in your power hand, tap the Cauldron five times. Raise your arms over the altar and say:
“Dark Goddess, Lord of Death, I ask Your blessings.
Lift the Veil for me so that I may greet
my Loved Ones who have passed on,
Friends, family and pets who have
gone ahead into your realms.
Let only those who wish me well enter this Circle.”
Touch the plate (or basket) of food with the Wand, saying:
“This is the night of the Feast of the Dead,
the night of the wheel-turning year that
brings us to the Thin Veil.
The gates between the worlds stand open this night.
I honor my Loved Ones whose voices
come to me on the whispering wind.
The Veil is lifted this night so that all may
once more rejoice together in fellowship.
All those who wish me well, welcome to my Circle
As we eat, may we remember the
eternal presence of the Gods,
and may we remember that what we call death
is but a fleeting existence
in the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.”
Place the plate (or basket) of food on the Pentacle. Light the black candle in the Cauldron, say:
“I ask all who have gathered here
to join me in this feast.
This is a time of remembrance
of all those gone into the realm of
the Dark Mother and the Dark Lord.
May I always have good health,
prosperity and happiness.”
Eat a little of the food and drink some of the fruit juice. Anything left after the ritual must be placed outside or buried.
Sit silently now and think of family, friends, and pets who have departed this Earth. Pick up and look at the photographs. Savor this time with them. When you feel that you are finished, say:
“The Thin Veil has been lifted.
My Loved Ones have come to the Feast of the Dead.
I thank them for their presences
and words of comfort.”
Pick up the apple and say these words:
“Beautiful Maiden, you are the dispenser of the seed of life,
Life that awaits, hidden in the Sacred Cauldron.
Fruitful Mother, your ripeness of power nurtures the seed
Bringing it into existence and helping it grow.
Dark Mother, your Magick Cauldron is
the well of death and rebirth,
An experience each of us undergoes again and again.
Let there be no fear in me, for I know your gentleness.
Here is the secret symbol of life in death and death in life,
the hidden, mystical symbol of the Triple Goddess.”
Cut the apple crosswise to reveal the hidden pentagram in the core. Incline your head toward the altar and say:
“My deepest thanks to the Triple Ladies,
and to the Triple Lords.
May I always walk in peace beside you.”
Eat part of the apple. Place the remainder outside (after you have completed your ritual) as an offering to the birds and animals.
Turn back to the Goddess candles and say:
“The Wheel of the Year has turned,
the harvest has come again.
I have sown many thought-seeds since last Samhain.
Let the good be harvested;
Let those that would hinder or harm me be cast aside.
The Triple Goddess has covered me with Her gentle hands,
guided my steps, heard my desires.
For this I give Her honor and love.”
Turn to the God candles and say:
“The Wheel of the Year has turned,
the harvest has come again.
Once more I stand before the Thin Veil,
before the gates that divide the worlds.
The Triple God has protected me with His sword,
guided my steps, heard my desires.
For this I give Him honor and love.”
Now tap the Pentacle gently with your Wand, saying:
“Give me clear knowledge of the path I am to follow.
Hear my desires, O Great Ones!
Guide me and protect me.
Lead me to greater knowledge and fulfillment.”
Sit in silence while you ask what you need of the Gods. Also listen for spirit guidance that may come from those in the Summerland. When you feel you are finished, say:
“”All love and honor to the Great Goddess and the Horned God! Blessed Be!”
When you have finished, the time has now come to Release the Circle.
Now is the time for meditation and any spellworkings you may need or desire to end your Sabbat celebration… Appropriate Spellwork to consider for this turn in the Wheel of the Year is any for protection and neutralizing harm – these are particularly warranted at this time of year, because Samhain is considered to be a good time to boost your confidence and security.
If no spellwork is to be done at this time, then proceed with the Cakes and Ale Ceremony, followed by Releasing the Magick Circle.
Please note this ritual is based on the Northern Hemisphere correspondences of elements and their colours, and directions and so on.
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