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Minus Tide at 5:25 PM of -0.7 feet. This is when it’s getting dark. Be careful.
The sky was ominously red at sunrise, not just a little, but *really* bright, glowing red. It looked like a sunset in reverse, going from that red into a red-orange to orange crossed with bars of slate-blue cloud. We’ve got something coming in, that’s for certain. Rain is supposed to be here late tonight and into tomorrow morning. There’s just a touch of breeze, enough to stir the occasional leaf. 59F. No birds on the feeder, although the usual assortment were here earlier. ….well, Steller’s Jay, make a liar out of me!
I’m not sure what was going on yesterday, but I was just flat-out exhausted, all day. I couldn’t get myself pried out to go sort stuff, although I did a little of putting away sorted papers in my study. I even took a long break in the afternoon and read, lying down, but it didn’t help. I never even managed to keep enough concentration together to write.
Some of it is probably depression. I spent a lot of the day discussing with people how to get us some more funding out here for those who are desperate and on trying to get folks to stop hating and being holier-than-thou on that poor family where the mom snapped. What you hate, you become. …and there, but for grace and a little good luck, go all of us.
Today we have to get done what we didn’t manage yesterday, although our elderly friend ended up in the ER this morning, so Tempus may be heading that direction.
A Ken Gagne photo of a heron from 11/03
This photo is of a number of our Cafe Press designs. The Great Rite glass, a Mothers of Teenagers shot glass, a Horned God t-shirt and a Jesus/Odin mug. You can find our products here: http://www.cafepress.com/ancientlight/4540487 By the way, this is the last call for the OCPPG2014 design products! We’ll be taking the link and products down on the day of the Post-Mortem meeting for 2014!
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside at this time of year. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day and here on the coast, both for Hallow’e’en and Thanksgiving. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the young flowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
Guy Fawkes Night (often referred to as Bonfire Night) is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks on November 5, or the closest Friday or Saturday night. On this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes (“the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions”) and collaborators attempted to blow up the English Houses of Parliament over things that make little sense to us today.
English people still burn a ‘guy’ in effigy, although the festival is more one of fireworks and parades and parties, rather than something more ominous.
The “Anonymous” mask is actually one that is worn in England on Guy Fawkes Night. This celebration seems to tie in with folk festivals that go far back in history of a night of bonfires in this time of the year. More info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night
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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 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. Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 11/8 at 2:23am
<< Algol is at minimum light for a couple hours centered on 6:56 p.m. EST.
Jupiter (magnitude –2.0, between Cancer and Leo) rises in the east-northeast around midnight standard time. By dawn it shines high in the south, with Regulus >>> nearly a fist-width lower left of it.
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.
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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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
W 5 Low 4:35 AM 1.4 6:59 AM Set 5:27 AM 94
~ 5 High 10:40 AM 8.9 5:00 PM Rise 4:32 PM
~ 5 Low 5:25 PM -0.7
~ 5 High 11:39 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I accept clarity, peace, and order in all aspects of life.
~ Humility is that grace that, when you know you have it, you have lost it. – Andrew Murray
~ Human beings, we are told, carry within themselves a very great possibility, and corresponding to this possibility, a great obligation.- Dr. Jacob Needleman
~ It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right – especially when one is right. – Nietzsche
~ I decided to start anew, to strip away what I had been taught. – Georgia O’Keefe
The illusion has broken down, the system is in its death throes, if we remain calm, breathing deeply, breathe into our hearts, we can quickly turn chaos into an opening to follow our bliss, our life’s work the path of service we need to follow in order to fulfill our personal calling in the world and gift it to the humanity. We are in the new earth, time for us all to collectively be there. Lift the veil reveal the truth. – Raven Redbone
Magick – 64 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Grief, Posted by Litsa on October 7, 2013 – http://www.whatsyourgrief.com/64-things-about-grief/
We think about grief a lot around here – we write about types of grief, grief theory, personal reflections, creative expression for coping with grief, practical ideas for managing grief, and on and on and on. But there are some days that all seems like a lot to take in. We think back to the basics. Not the theory stuff, not the ideas about how to cope — just the really basic things that people never tell you about grief. So, with your help, that is what we have today — a quick and dirty list of the things we wish we had known about grief, before we knew anything about grief. If it’s in quotes, it is something one of our fabulous readers shared with us on Twitter or Facebook. If you finish this post and you’re annoyed about all the things we forgot, leave a comment to keep the list going.
I wish someone had told me . . .
- No matter how prepared you think you are for a death, you can never be fully prepared for the loss and the grief.
- You can plan for death, but death does not always comply with our wishes or plans.
- “Stop avoiding and be present”.
- “Dying is not like you see on TV or in the movies. It is not peaceful or prepared. You may not have a spiritual or meaningful moment . . . It’s too real”.
- A hospital death is not always a bad death.
- A home death/hospice death is not always a good death.
- “There will be pressure from others to move on, even minutes or hours after a death, and this can lead to regrets”.
- “Death is not an emergency – there is always time to step back and take a moment to say goodbye”
- Death and grief make people uncomfortable, so be prepared for awkward encounters.
- You will plan the funeral while in a haze. If you aren’t happy with the funeral you had, have another memorial service later.
- When people offer support, take them up on i
- People will bring you food because they don’t know what else to do. Don’t feel bad throwing it away.
- People will say stupid, hurtful things without even realizing it.
- People will tell you things that aren’t true about your grief.
- Death brings out the best and the worst in families, so be prepared.
- There is no such thing as closure.
- There is no timeline for grieving. You can’t rush it. You will grieve, in some form, forever.
- “There will always be regrets. No matter how much time you had, you’ll always want more”.
- Guilt is a normal part of grief.
- Anger is normal part of grief.
- “The pain of a loss is a reflection of love, but you never regret loving as hard as you can”.
- Grief can make you question your faith.
- “Grief doesn’t come in 5 neat stages. Grief is messy and confusing”.
- Grief makes you feel like you are going crazy.
- Grief can make you question your life, your purpose, and your goals. And that isn’t always a bad thing.
- We all grieve differently, which can create strain and confusion between family members and friends.
- “However badly you think it is going to hurt, it is going to be a million times worse”.
- You may find comfort in very unexpected places.
- “You should go somewhere to debrief after care giving”.
- “The last 24 hours of their lives will replay in your mind”.
- Trying to protect children from death and the emotions of grief isn’t helpful.
- “It’s sometimes necessary to seek out new ways to grieve on your own, find new guidance,if the people who are supposed to be supportive simply haven’t learned how”.
- “You grieve your past, present, and future with that person”.
- Big life events and milestones will forever be bittersweet.
- Grief triggers are everywhere – you will see things that remind you of your loved one all over the place, and it may lead to sudden outbursts of emotion.
- “You lose yourself, your identity, meaning, purpose, values, your trust”.
- Holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays will be hard forever.
- People will tell you what you should and shouldn’t feel and how you should and shouldn’t grieve. Ignore them.
- “The grief process is about not only mourning the loss, but getting to know yourself as a different person”.
- There is no normal when it comes to grieving.
- Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better.
- “It is normal to feel numb after it happens. The tears will come. They come in waves”.
- Grief can make you feel selfish and entitled, and that’s okay (at least for a while).
- Meeting new people, who never knew the person who died, can be hard and sad. But eventually it can be nice to “introduce” them through stories and photographs.
- The practice of sending thank you notes after a funeral is a cruel and unusual tradition.
- “People love to judge how you are doing. Watch out for those people”.
- You can’t compare grief or compare losses, though people will try.
- Any loss you grieve is a valid loss, though people will sometimes make you feel otherwise.
- “Just because you feel pretty good one day it doesn’t mean you are cured of your grief”.
- There are many days when you will feel totally and completely alone, whether you are or not.
- Grief can make you do stupid, crazy things. They may be what you need at the time time, but you may regret them later. Cut yourself some slack.
- Grief can make you a stronger person than you were before.
- Grief counseling doesn’t mean you’re crazy or weak.
- It is okay to cry sometimes.
- It is okay NOT to cry sometimes.
- “Time does NOT heal all wounds”.
- “Grief re-writes your address book”.Sometimes the people you think will be there for you are not. People you never expect become your biggest supporters.
- “You don’t get over it, you just get used to it”.
- It is okay to tell people when they are not being helpful.
- Watch your drinking– alcohol can quickly become an unhealthy friend.
- You will have to face your emotions eventually – you can avoid them for a while, but they will catch up with you in the end.
- Talking isn’t the only way to express and process emotions.
- You will never go back to being your “old self”. Grief changes you and you are never the same.
- Nothing you do in the future will change your love for the person who died. Eventually you will begin to enjoy life again, date again, have another child, seek new experiences, or whatever. None of these thing will diminish your love for the person you lost.