It’s 57F and we’re right in the cloud layer, even if the computer says the clouds are at 300 feet. No, they’re playing tag with each other around the houses and trees. It’s actually fairly breezy, a few gusts up into the teens, but even though it’s pretty damp outside, it’s not pouring or anything like that, just fairly gloomy.
Yesterday Tempus had a fairly quiet day at the shop, sorting and shifting boxes. He found a bunch of craft supplies that I need and made a bunch of phone calls, making doctor appointments and so on. I spent the day working on a Mab’s Creations kit and tracking down bits and pieces of updates that we need to do. Just a fairly quiet day, the kind we need to recuperate from the craziness of summer when we never seem to have two minutes to rub together.
This morning I’m heading for a doctor appointment, hopefully to get a fix for whatever is not quite working right. Tempus is making coffee and breakfast and is hoping to run errands today, picking up some yummies for our Thanksgiving get-together on Thursday.
A mandala for the season.
Today’s Plant is Stinging Nettle, Urtica Dioica, otherwise known as, “Ouch!!!!” Grab a handful of this plant and you will know it. There are lots of hollow “hairs” on this plant that act like tiny hypodermics, injecting histamine, among other stinging chemicals. There’s even a name for a type of allergic reaction called, “nettlerash”, that picked up the word from the characteristic pattern of itchy bumps. This plant has been used for food, medicine, fabric and magic for millenia. It is used as a pot herb and is one of the vegetables with the highest protein content. If you soak it in water or cook it the stings go away. In medicine it has been used to treat arthritis, dandruff and lack of milk in a nursing mother. The fibers are suitable for making fabric and a related species has been used for over 6000 years to make a silky-looking textile called ramie, even though the processing takes a lot of effort. They are even used to make beer and cordials! – Masculine, Mars, Fire, Thor – Exorcism – for getting rid of nasty-minded Fae, plant nettles around your garden and barn. Protection – nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage. Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. Lust – Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men and nettle tea is an aphrodisiac. Healing – fever can be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick person and family. …and shirts made of fabric spun and woven from nettles feature as a girl’s quest tale in the Twelve Wild Swans.
Windmill Blessing Day, Holland – “Many millers would bless their windmills by throwing a handful of flour into the wind as an offering to the mischievous windmill spirits.” I’ve *never* run into this festival anywhere except for Wilson’s Almanac, and the link he gives as a source is long since dead, but it’s a cool idea!
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Love & Light,
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 12/6 at 4:27am. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/26 at 7:32pm.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder, Nov 25 – Dec 22
Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
©2014 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
Ruis/Elder – Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 25 High 2:31 AM 7.2 7:26 AM Rise 10:14 AM 6
25 Low 7:53 AM 2.9 4:41 PM Set 8:14 PM
25 High 1:39 PM 8.6
25 Low 8:42 PM -1.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Words are windows to the heart.
Journal Prompt – What is? – What was the hardest thing for you to learn when you were very young? For example, you might have had trouble learning to tie your shoelaces or drinking from a straw. Explain how you finally learned to do it.
~ You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. – Irish Proverb
~ Better to be a man of character than a man of means. – Irish Proverb
~ Falsehoods have short legs. – Macedonian proverb
~ Work with what arises in the moment, in the best way you can; if you are willing to preserve by rolling with the current, rather than resisting it, you will not only survive but you will succeed. By taking responsibility of the choices you make, the apparently unsurmountable can be conquered. – Tao Oracle
SAYING GOODBYE TO VERY YOUNG CHILDREN
They will not be the same next time. The sayings
so cute, just slightly off, will be corrected.
Their eyes will be more skeptical, plugged in
the more securely to the worldly buzz
of television, alphabet, and street talk,
culture polluting their gazes’ pure blue.
It makes you see at last the value of
those boring aunts and neighbors (their smells
of summer sweat and cigarettes, their faces
like shapes of sky between shade-giving leaves)
who knew you from the start, when you were zero,
cooing their nothings before you could be bored
or knew a name, not even your own, or how
this world brave with hellos turns all goodbye. – John Updike (1932-2009), American poet, novelist, and critic
Thanksgiving Magick –
GRAHAM CRACKER TURKEYS – A “good for you” treat for the kids to help make.
1/4 cup unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 sliced banana
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 cup graham flour *
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
Turkey shaped cookie cutter
* Graham Flour is a kind of flour, just like the more common wheat flour. If you can’t find it in your supermarket, try calling health food stores.
- Combine apple juice, oil, banana, vanilla, and cinnamon in a blender.
- In a large bowl, mix together graham flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Add apple juice mixture to flour mixture and stir thoroughly.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out with turkey shaped cookie cutter.
- Use a fork to poke holes for eyes and feathers.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.
Yield: Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies
Thanksgiving Blessing Snack Mix – * Each ingredient in this snack mix symbolizes something associated with Thanksgiving.
2 cups Bugles brand corn snacks – shaped as a cornucopia, a horn of plenty.
2 cups pretzels – represent arms folded in thanks and prayer.
1 cup candy corn – during the first winter, the Pilgrims were each alloted only 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce.
1 cup dried or candy fruits – Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest.
1 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds – seeds represent the potential of a bounteous harvest for the next season if they are planted and well tended.
In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Other ingredients such as dry cereals, candies, or marshmallows can also be added.
Make this mix as a family and eat while discussing each ingredient and how it relates to Thanksgiving.
Turkey Sweet to Eat – (Parental supervision is recommended for youngsters.)
Note: As in all recipes, results can vary depending on humidity, conditions, type of microwave, etc.)
What You Need:
Bag of candy corn (beak and eyes)
Bag of caramel candy squares (body)
Bag of Dove chocolate (base/feet)
Bag of striped chocolate cookies (tail and feathers)
Thanksgiving cup cake liners
(Note: I’m sure there are other thick chocolates out there aside from Dove, but it’s the only one I happen to know. Feel free to substitute, but don’t use something too thin.)
How To Make It
- Unwrap a piece of Dove chocolate to use as the base of the turkey.
- Place on a microwavable plate.
- Unwrap a piece of caramel and stick on top of the Dove chocolate bar for the turkey’s body.
- Take a piece of candy corn and push down on top of the caramel (pointed end out). This makes the turkey’s beak.
- Take another piece of caramel and push down on top of the first caramel. This is the head of the turkey.
- Break off the little white ends of 2 candy corns and push in the top caramel for the eyes.
- Take one striped chocolate cookie and apply to the back of the body to form the feathers.
- Put the turkey in the microwave for a few seconds to about 8 seconds just so that the candy and cookie can fuse together. (Watch this! Not too much time or it will melt.)
- Place in freezer for a few minutes to help the turkey “set up” quicker.
- Serve in a Thanksgiving cupcake paper.
Step 1: Go buy a turkey
Step 2: Take a drink of whiskey (scotch)
Step 3: Put turkey in the oven
Step 4: Take another 2 drinks of whiskey
Step 5: Set the degree at 375 ovens
Step 6: Take 3 more whiskeys of drink
Step 7: Turn oven the on
Step 8: Take 4 whisks of drinky
Step 9: Turk the bastey
Step 10: Whiskey another bottle of get
Step 11: Stick a turkey in the thermometer
Step 12: Glass yourself a pour of whiskey
Step 13: Bake the whiskey for 4 hours
Step 14: Take the oven out of the turkey
Step 15: Take the oven out of the turkey
Step 16: Floor the turkey up off of the pick
Step 17: Turk the carvey
Step 18: Get yourself another scottle of botch
Step 19: Tet the sable and pour yourself a glass of turkey
Step 20: Bless the saying, pass and eat out