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No Herbs or Sewing Workshops today. Crystals at Noon!
It’s only 42F? How cold did it *get* last night? The moonlight was lovely, but brr…. Well, that was the low, but as soon as the sun peeked through the trees, it started warming rapidly. It’s up to 52, now.
Yesterday’s weather was so lovely that I was really, really tempted to play hooky! I didn’t, though. I was a good girl….well, eventually. 🙂 I spent quite a while early on while harvesting heather just looking around and enjoying before I headed for the shop.
Tempus was already there and had the shop open almost on time. He was working on cutting up the fennel. When I got there we started sorting, back and forth and back and forth. Chocolate Frog referred to it as “trudging”. 🙂 She gave me a white-chocolate, eggnog frog yesterday for a treat!
Eventually, there was a *huge* pile of trash, an even larger pile of laundry, a full box of toys and another of kid books, a big tote of craft supplies…. and I haven’t even *started* on the books. <sigh> I have an awful feeling that those are going to become a heap in the back of the shop again.
Marius & Hatch stopped by late in the day as we were finishing up. We took an opportunity to sit and chat, then they headed off to their gaming and Tempus and I closed up and came home and turned in as early as we could.
The only workshop we have going today is Crystals. We’re hoping to start a small load in the rock tumbler.
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
Gwynn ap Nudd’s Underworld day (Celtic) – Gwynn ap Nudd (Light, Son of Darkness), a south-Welsh god who is sometimes referred to as lord of the faerie kingdom, or the Celtic Lord of the Dead, allows the door to the Underworld to be opened for a day. He lives in Glastonbury Tor, a hill at Glastonbury, site of King Arthur’s fabled Isle of Avalon. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwynn_ap_Nudd
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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. 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. 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 11/14 at 7:16am.
Saturday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m. local time – Aldebaran and the Moon – When the moon rises tonight in the northeastern sky around 8 p.m. local time, it will be close to the bright red giant star Aldebaran and the Hyades and Pleiades star clusters. The waning gibbous Moon rises around the end of twilight. Look for Aldebaran not very far to its upper left. Higher above Aldebaran are the Pleiades.
Mercury is having its best dawn apparition of 2014 for skywatchers at mid-northern latitudes. It hangs low above the eastern horizon in mid-dawn, brightening slightly from magnitude –0.6 to –0.8 this week. Fainter Spica glimmers nearby. Don’t confuse Mercury with Arcturus >>>> well off to the left in the east-northeast. See our article, Where, When, and How to See Mercury.
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. Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for 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
Sa 8 High 1:16 AM 7.4 7:03 AM Set 8:47 AM 98
8 Low 6:49 AM 2.3 4:57 PM Rise 6:41 PM
8 High 12:41 PM 8.9
8 Low 7:35 PM -1.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make love, not war!
~ If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. – Jim Rohn
~ The smaller the understanding of the situation, the more pretentious the form of expression. – John Romano
~ Be sincere; be brief; be seated. – Franklin D. Roosevelt
~ Friendship with oneself is all important because without it one cannot be friends with anybody else in the world. – Eleanor Roosevelt
DRAWING FROM THE PAST
Only Mama and I were at home.
We ate tomato sandwiches
with sweeps of mayonnaise
on indifferent white bread.
Surely it was September,
my older brother at school.
The tomatoes were fragrant
and richly red, perhaps the last before frost.
I was alert to the joy of eating
sandwiches alone with Mama, bare
feet braced on the underpinnings
of the abraded kitchen table.
Once, I’d made a mark in the wood
by pressing too hard as I traced
the outline of a horse.
I was no good at drawing — from life,
or from imagination. My brother
was good at it, and I was alert
to that, too. – Jane Kenyon (1947-1995), American poet
Want to help? Your desire to do so is precious and so appreciated and much needed. But sometimes, with the best of intentions, help may cause difficulties. Please don’t take this writing as criticism or in any way a lack of thankfulness for all you offer. It’s just an attempt to clarify some things and make it easier…
Offer; don’t assume – we want and need your resources, but some may be more appropriate than others. Find out what the person you are helping actually needs. We appreciate your generosity so much, but find out first if your resource meets your friend’s needs. You may have fabulous organic veggies to bring, but they may go to waste if your friend’s fridge is already overflowing. She may be too ill to pass them on to others in time…
Timing: When your friend needs help may be as crucial as what she needs… for instance if you are postponing a massage, she may have to remain in pain longer…
Ask; don’t lecture – We want to know what you know, and and respect the experience you bring. Please honor us this way too; we’ve also been around the block of our own experience and bodies, and have valuable and applicable knowledge. Bypassing or ignoring these may at times be appropriate; but at other times not; in fact could be damaging.
Ask questions freely; this is not the time for modesty or embarrassment; a life is at stake.
Listen carefully; your friend needs you to hear the special details that apply only to her so that your help is appropriate… take the time to listen to everything you can…
Read labels if you shop for us – Many elders and infirm friends have special sensitivities that others may not be aware of. An ingredient you may assume to be harmless could make your friend sick.
For instance, there are many kinds of bottled water. Some can make some folks sick; some are fine. Learn which is which; water is life itself and the river healing rests upon. Above all things you want your friend to have good water…
Don’t take it personally if your offer doesn’t have the effect you hoped for. Your desire and effort still mean everything to us. The most important thing is that you care.
Truly helpful giving is a lesson in surrender. Sometimes help isn’t really helpful to the receiver, though the helping one may have all the best intentions and loving motivation. this can create a power block if the receiving one feels she must hide the fact that she still has an unmet need, so as not to hurt someone’s feelings. Her well-meaning friend may feel discouraged if she doesn’t see good results from her offering. It can be frustrating to give help that doesn’t seem to be helping and helpers could become discouraged and withdraw their support.
Easily prevented! Find out first what your friend needs. Give her time to let you know. She may need some time to figure it out, especially if she is in a new situation – for instance coping with an unexpected and unfamiliar surgery…
Don’t set off false alarms. Your friend may be unable to communicate for a while. Let her be; she doesn’t need constant myriad inquiries and phone calls when she’s coping with a crisis. We know you worry about us and need to know what’s happening.
Solution: A mediating friend would be best at times like these – someone your friend keeps contact with and informed, who has agreed to be an information source. Go to her instead, or wait until your friend contacts you.
Check out stuff in your friend’s environment before changing anything….find out the setup, or if something is precariously placed or needs to be set up a certain way…
Turn the worry into prayer. We are powerful and our thoughtforms have impact…
Keep your promises and commitments; but then again, don’t make promises you can’t keep. Your friend relies on what you tell her you will do, and leaving her stranded could cause serious difficulties or debilitating disappointments. But she understands you have a life and other things to do. Better to be real about it from the start, and make sure you commit to things you really can do. We want you to be ok too!
Humor helps a lot! :0)
Thanks so much for listening and for being there.