So, I went to my doctor appointment yesterday, only to find out that our insurance coverage had lapsed…no warning… about a week ago… which means no meds, too… Go figure…. So, we came home and Tempus got on the phone trying to figure out what was what. I sat down at the computer and got back to work on embroidery patterns.
I ended up talking to two of our sons online for awhile. That was awfully nice. I managed to get an idea for a holiday/b-day gift for the both of ’em, too. Tempus finally had to take off without talking to the last people… they had him on hold for well over an hour, but he had to take our elderly friend for his errands. I went back to my embroidery.
It rained off and on all afternoon. I had my window open since it was nearly 60F and the air smelled good. I didn’t close it until after dark. I took a nap around then and then got back to work after doing a personal Diana’s Bow ritual for an intention I’m holding.
In the evening I spent awhile searching for various supplies for the projects and getting things ordered. After that I fought a Spoonflower design to a standstill and then set up another for a special order. By then it was midnight and I was wiped and still no Tempus…
The phone rang this morning at 8:30am. Robyne is having travel difficulties, probably won’t get in until after midnight. Tempus got us breakfast and we talked over coffee. It’s *so* nice to be able to squeeze in a little time to just chat with my favorite person! He’s going to run some errands (phone bill, mail, pick up some stuff from our shop…) and get back online with the insurance people. After that he’s doing cleaning for a friend, and tomorrow morning is the huge newspaper day! I’m hoping I have enough energy to get out to the kitchen and cook a bit today. …I hope.
A beautiful picture from Ken Gagne again, this time from up the Yachats River.
<giggling> Just ‘cuz I just gotta!
Today’s Plant is Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea, sometimes called Life-Everlasting. The “everlasting” part of the name comes from the fact that the flowers dry well and can be used as decorations during the winter months. The flowers can be soaked in essential oils for adding to potpourris. There are a number of medicinal uses for this plant, particularly as poultices and often as a decoction added to a hot bag of some sort (iow, put it on a washcloth, warm and put a heating pad on top of that) for bruises, sprains and to the chest for bronchitis, among others –Feminine, Venus, Air – Add to spells that are long-term. Can be useful in a sachet/potpourri/amulet since the flowers will soak up essential oils and release the scent over time.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anaphalis_margaritacea
Late November, the Bogong Moth Dreaming, Australia – At one time this was a standard festival for several tribes, where disputes were settled, rites of passage performed and a food source was honored. Sadly the festival feast no longer can include the moth caterpillars since they are too toxic from pesticide use… more on the moth itself, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bogong_Moth
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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. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/29 at 2:06am.
The Moon now shines near Alpha and Beta Capricorni at nightfall, as shown above (depending on your location). Both Alpha and Beta Cap are wide double stars for binoculars. Alpha is easy to resolve; Beta is somewhat less so with its narrower separation and greater brightness difference.
It’s still Summer Triangle season. The Triangle’s brightest star is Vega, >>>>> well up in the west-northwest after dinnertime. The brightest star above Vega is Deneb. The Triangle’s third star, Altair, is farther to Vega’s left.
Mars (magnitude 1.0) remains visible in the southwest during and after twilight. It sets around 8 p.m. local time.
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
W 26 High 3:19 AM 7.2 7:27 AM Rise 11:00 AM 13
26 Low 8:46 AM 3.0 4:40 PM Set 9:23 PM
26 High 2:28 PM 8.2
26 Low 9:29 PM -0.6
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Always keep a window open in your mind for new ideas.
~ A taxpayer is someone who works for the federal government but who doesn’t have to take a civil service exam. – Ronald Reagan
~ Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. – Rainer Maria Rilke
~ The two great words of antiquity are behold and beware. Behold the possibilities and beware the temptations. – Jim Rohn
~ Words do two major things: They provide food for the mind and create light for understanding and awareness. – Jim Rohn
PRAYER FOR A NEW MOTHER
The things she knew, let her forget again –
The voices in the sky, the fear, the cold,
The gaping shepherds, and the queer old men
Piling their clumsy gifts of foreign gold.
Let her have laughter with her little one;
Teach her the endless, tuneless songs to sing,
Grant her her right to whisper to her son
The foolish names one dare not call a king.
Keep from her dreams the rumble of a crowd,
The smell of rough-cut wood, the trail of red,
The thick and chilly whiteness of the shroud
That wraps the strange new body of the dead.
Ah, let her go, kind Lord, where mothers go
And boast his pretty words and ways, and plan
The proud and happy years that they shall know
Together, when her son is grown a man. – Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), American writer of poetry and short stories
Thanksgiving Magick – Do you have a lot of kids to keep entertained on Thanksgiving Day? Try this site out for some creative activities to occupy and keep the kids from bouncing off the walls.
There are free coloring pages with a Thanksgiving theme. It’s just click, got to the pic, click and print — as many as you need!
You’ll also find recipes, a wordsearch, an online jigsaw puzzle, and printables like math worksheets, gift bags, writing paper, doorknob hangers, etc..
Brainstorm Thanks – So often we eat and watch football at Thanksgiving but forget to say thanks. Here’s a fun idea.
Each person is given a blank sheet of paper and sharpened pencil. Set a timer, according to what you think is best (two minutes max). Tell everyone that when you say “GO” they should write down everything they can think of that can be explained in two words or less for which they are thankful. When the timer goes off they each count how many they have. The person with the most should read their list and for every word that’s the same each person should cross it off their list. It’s fun to see what’s on every person’s list and what is unique to different individuals. Open it up to discussion and if you choose give a prize to the person who has the most unique answers.
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Over the years, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line staff have had their share of memorable calls — inquiries that stand out from the crowd because they’re heartwarming or amusing. We asked some of the veteran staff members to tell us their favorites plus, we rounded up a bunch of our own personal favorites from the Talk-Line archives. It’s hard to beat the call from a trucker who planned to cook his Thanksgiving turkey on the engine of his truck (“Will it cook faster if I drive faster?”), but some of these come pretty close. Warning: do not attempt to adjust your screen — these are real incidents, true stories – from the front lines!
* Home alone, a Kentucky woman was in the doghouse when she called the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line. While preparing the turkey, her Chihuahua jumped into the bird’s body cavity and couldn’t get out. She tried pulling the dog and shaking the bird, but nothing worked. She and the dog became more and more distraught. After calming the woman down, the Talk-Line home economist suggested carefully cutting the opening in the cavity of the turkey wider. It worked and Fido was freed!
* Birdie, eagle and turkey? Roasting a turkey doesn’t have to interfere with the daily routine, so said a retired Floridian. He called “Turkey Central” for turkey grilling tips while waiting to tee off from the 14th hole.
* Taking turkey preparation an extra step, a Virginian wondered, “How do you thaw a fresh turkey?” The Talk-Line staffer explained that fresh turkeys aren’t frozen and don’t need to be thawed.
* Don’t wait until the last minute! On Thanksgiving Day, a Georgian woman took the “Be prepared” motto to heart. She had just agreed to host Thanksgiving Dinner and called the Talk-Line a year ahead of time for turkey tips.
* A Southern woman called the White House to comment, “On Thanksgiving Day, the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is more important than the President. He can take the day off, but the Talk- Line staff can’t.” (The Butterball Turkey Talk-Line is open Thanksgiving Day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Central Standard Time.)
* Thanksgiving Dinner on the run. A woman called 1-800-323-4848 to find out how long it would take to roast her turkey. To answer the question, the Talk-Line home economist asked how much the bird weighed. The woman responded, “I don’t know, it’s still running around outside.”
* Tofu turkey? No matter how you slice it, Thanksgiving just isn’t Thanksgiving without turkey. A restaurant owner in California wanted to know how to roast a turkey for a vegetarian menu.
* White meat, anyone? A West Coast woman took turkey preparation to extremes by scrubbing her bird with bleach. Afterward, she called the Talk-Line to find out how to clean off the bleach. To her dismay, she was advised to dispose of the turkey.
* A young girl called on behalf of her mother who needed roasting advice. To provide approximate roasting times, the home economist asked what size the turkey was. Without asking her mother the little girl paused, then replied, “Medium.”
* A novice turkey-cooking chef wanted to know if the yellow netting and wrapper around the turkey should be removed before roasting. Envisioning a melted plastic turkey blob, the home economist responded, “Yes,” then offered complete roasting directions.