It’s up to 43F this morning, but it was 34 when I got up and the frost is still thick in the shade, although it’s mostly melted off the roof next door. There’s not really any wind… a light breeze is about all and now that the leaves are off the alder, it’s not stirring….only the trailing vines of the clematis are waving.
Yes, it’s this cold. This is a Ken Gagne photo from up the Yachats River from this morning.
Yesterday was long and a bit frustrating. We had intended to finish with the storage during the day, but Tempus never got home until well past 10pm. That meant I couldn’t go down to the space where we were doing that. Hatch spent the day bringing me boxes, but we didn’t finish since there was just no way to get it all done with just us two and keep the shop open.
We had a number of customers, too. There were several sets that were local. Some just moved into Waldport and with a couple we got the, “I didn’t know you were here. Are you new?” <sigh> Another bunch of folks were from the valley, and then there was the couple from Tennessee…..
The weather was so lovely during the day that folks kept commenting and then just before sunset I happened to look out the front door and called Hatch to look. The sky was an intense blue toward the west, bordered by glowing gold. The cirrus clouds were vaguely pink above us with some beautiful Mare’s Tails…. yes, there’s wind coming.
Today we took our time getting up. Tempus still hasn’t had a chance to do the big shopping run and he won’t today, either, which is making getting breakfast interesting. He and Hatch are going to go down to the temp class/storage space, pull the last stuff out, and then sweep everything up and return the key. I have to get newsletters set up, get a bunch of pictures developed and the House Capuchin blog done. I’m thinking about trying to make a crockpot lasagna. I don’t have the big noodles, but I have pasta… I’ll have to hunt a bit. I have to make a shopping list, too. Maybe there will be enough time to run into Newport. We’ll see.
Interesting weather coming. It’s supposed to get even colder tonight and there’s wind and rain coming, which could mean some pretty nasty stuff over the next few days. Today’s supposed to be lovely, though. Just keep an eye on the weather reports, kay? 🙂
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata, which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
Lunantshees – Among the sidhe Faerie races of Ireland, the guardians of the sacred blackthorn trees (Prunus spinosa) are the Lunantshees. On both Nov. 11 and May 11, these guardians will not allow any of their trees to be cut, and today is set aside to honor their protection. The sidhe are usually honored with bread, milk and honey, and there are stories of these things being taken to blackthorn groves on this day. There’s not a lot more to be found about this feast…. but here’s some about the plant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
Very high now in the north, in the fall Milky Way, is dim Cepheus, husband in myth to brighter Cassiopeia. Its constellation pattern hosts two landmark variable stars, Delta (δ) and Mu (μ) Cephei, for binoculars or even the naked eye. Delta is the prototype Cepheid. Mu is one of the largest stars known. See Gary Seronik’s Binocular Highlight column and chart in the November Sky & Telescope, page 45.
Mars (magnitude +0.9) remains in the southwest during and after twilight; it sets around 8 p.m. local time. Look for it far below Altair.
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
Tu 11 High 3:38 AM 6.8 7:07 AM Set 11:18 AM 83
~ 11 Low 9:06 AM 3.2 4:53 PM Rise 9:22 PM
~ 11 High 2:45 PM 7.5
~ 11 Low 9:46 PM 0.2
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. Breath, enjoy life and feel blessed that you are able to do so…
~ Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it’s holy ground. There’s no greater investment. –The Seven Habits of Successful People
~ Everything that you need to take charge of your life is already yours. Believe it or not, it’s been with you since the day you were born, waiting to be used. Kerr Cuhulain
~ Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well. – William Shakespeare
~ “Space,” it says, “is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space. – Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
On lonely strand
Works hard all day
To tame the land,
Takes time to pray;
Makes clothes by hand.
For eighteen years
His skill he plies,
Then lo! A footprint
He espies —
“Thank God it’s Friday!”
Take heart from his
Work hard, produce;
Complete your sums;
Friday comes. – Michael Sagoff, American poet (1910-1998), from Shrink-Lit: Seventy of the world’s towering classics cut down to size