It’s been *so* cold, but it only got down to 36F last night (only! <shiver>) and it’s supposed to get warmer over the next several days, back to the 50’s daytime/40’s nighttime, that’s pretty standard for winter weather. Dang, that was a fast transition! Just over two weeks ago we hit 70F in town during the day and now…. well, winter is here. I’m hoping my tomato got put on the porch last night, ‘coz else I’m going to be pickling green tomatoes on Tuesday. I know the frost it chewing on my begonias, but they often don’t survive the winter out here. I meant to re-pot ’em, but didn’t quite get that far. We’ll I’ve got a couple that are more protected. Hopefully those will survive.
As I was rolling down the hill to the shop yesterday I was reveling in the deep blue of the ocean and the pale blue of the sky. It stayed beautifully sunny, but mostly bitterly cold (for us) all day. 47F was the high, I think. We had to keep the doors open because of the allergens and finally closed ’em just at sunset and I was an ice cube…
The folks for the Herbs Workshop were iced in, so I worked on more cleaning up of the compounding station. The Crystals workshop went in-depth into the Care and Feeding of a Rock Tumbler and set it up to run all week with a bunch of the obsidians that we were doing in the summer before it got too utterly mad. I spent a little while chatting after that and then got back to sorting.
>>>>>> Arthur and me in 1983, moving to Oregon >>>>>>
By 3 I was organizing my sewing supplies that I use up front, getting the current projects and the “I’m counseling, but don’t want to look like it” projects set up, so I can just grab. Once that was done I took a break because Tempus was out picking up a lawnmower.
After he got back I was organizing various small pieces of jewelry (and inventorying, pricing, etc) including a lovely group of cast pewter buttons for the historical re-creation crowd. I had to make something that I could pin them too, so they’d show up in the display box.
<<< Anton starting school (Tempus and my youngest) <<
Hatch and Travis got in at dark. They were both awfully sleepy and when we finally got back to the house, Travis kept falling asleep and they had to wake him up to have supper! Supper was beer brats and salad. I was scanning papers that I had found in the course of all the sorting and then filing them. I was also scanning photos and you can see some of my “finds” in this newsletter.
>>>>>>>>> That’s Sash. No clue where and when he got the black eye, much less how! >>>>>>
Oh! The Leonid meteors! …and it’s perfect weather…. Just wrap up warm! http://www.beachconnection.net/news/leonid111514_625.php
Just ‘coz that’s ‘dorable…. Random pic from Facebook on Halloween….
Today’s Plant is the Large-Leaved Avens, Geum macrophyllum. They’re a beautiful plant in the woods and garden and a food for many butterflies.- Masculine, Jupiter Fire – These plants are used in exorcism mixes, whether incense, amulet or “sprinkle” and for purification, as the live plants can chase nasty influences. If you hate having traveling salesmen or evangelists at your door, plant these along with mint by the pathways. North American species are used in love blends, too. More:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum_macrophyllum More on the family athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geum
Night of Hecate, ancient Greece – In Greece, this day was celebrated as the Night of Hecate, known to the Romans as Diana Lucifera. Diana had three forms, Luna in the Heavens, Diana on Earth, and Hecate in the Underworld. Diana was the goddess of the moon and was often called Diana Lucifera, Diana the Bringer of Light. More here:http://inanna.virtualave.net/hekate.html and more here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate
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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 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 on 11/17 at 7:32pm.
Leonid Meteor shower peaks tonight! Best time is between midnight and 4am.
By 8 p.m. now, Great Square of Pegasus >>> stands in its level position very high toward the south. Its right side points far down toward Fomalhaut. Its left side points less far down more or less toward Beta Ceti.
If you have an open view to a dark south horizon, and if you’re no farther north than roughly New York or Denver, picture an equilateral triangle with <<<<< Fomalhaut and Beta Ceti forming its top two corners. Near where the third corner would be is Alpha Phoenicis, or Ankaa, in the southern constellation Phoenix. It’s magnitude 2.4, not very bright but the brightest thing in the area. Have you ever seen a star of Phoenix before?
Mercury (still magnitude –0.8) is sinking away low into the sunrise. Early in the week, look for it a little above the east-southeast horizon about 30 minutes before sunrise. Bring binoculars. Don’t confuse it with fainter Spica increasingly far to its upper right, or with Arcturus farther to its upper left.
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 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
Su 16 Low 1:15 AM 1.8 7:14 AM Rise 1:12 AM 38
~ 16 High 7:53 AM 6.9 4:48 PM Set 1:56 PM
~ 16 Low 2:27 PM 2.5
~ 16 High 8:01 PM 5.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Forgive someone for something right now. Release the resentment and anger. This practice is for you to become happier. Telling the other person that you forgive them is completely optional, and is merely a bonus, Dear Friend!
~ Democracy, like any non-coercive relationship, rests on a shared understanding of limits. – Elizabeth Drew (1935- ) US journalist
~ It’s hard for me to put into words why I like the beach so much. Everything about it is renewing for me, almost like therapy…Beach Therapy. – Amy Dykens
~ Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. – Thomas Edison
~ A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream. – William Faulkner (1897-1962) US writer
Recall that the imagination is a natural faculty in man. Some people make the mistake of fostering it, but it is often so powerful on its own that it will assert itself if we simply allow people to live what used to pass for an ordinary life. If you are breathing hard from the airborne soot of a city, all it may take for your lungs to clear again is to spend a week in the country. And all it might take for the imagination to breathe again is some time in solitude and silence. – Anthony Esolen, from his book Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child
However much or however little you have for your Thanksgiving meal, give thanks that you have a meal.
However warm or however chill your home, give thanks that you have a home.
However sweet or however irritating your family, give thanks that you have a family.
However wise or however stupid our government may be from time to time, give thanks that it is OUR government — that we are free.
Prayer of Thanksgiving for Surprises
For a friend’s unexpected call,
for a letter unforeseen,
for the sunlight bursting through thick clouds,
for a porpoise frolicking in the water,
for seals basking in the sun,
for an invitation to dinner on a lonely eve,
for a request to “come along”;
for all the wonderful surprises of life
we give you thanks, O God of joy. Amen. – Vienna Cobb Anderson
Appropriate for many faiths
source: Adapted from “Prayers of Our Hearts” © 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson. Reprinted with the permission of the author.