It’s 55 this morning, but I’m up way too early. We broke some records for high temperatures yesterday, but that’s supposed to change on Friday with the cold air that’s inland getting pulled all the way to the coast. Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be nice and clear, but cold.
Yesterday started very nicely with a leisurely coffee and chat…and then Tempus started running around and getting frazzled. He got a bread loaf going and then took off to do errands, including picking up some stuff that I wanted at the shop. The scent of his baking bread is torture….even if I know I’m going to get a nice warm buttered slice, soonest… I just never want to wait! …and it was *so* worth it. Yum…..
By that point Hatch and Travis had snagged some bags to go pick up volunteer cedar and Tempus had tracked down the footstool that I want to re-cover as a sewing box for the study. . They were heading for Sash’s for a game in the evening. Tempus took off to go to that friend’s house. I sat down with my samples for the Yule kit, then discovered that I needed to print a template, still. …so did that and cut it out and started the process including pictures. I was working in the study, very low-light, so I may have to re-take some of them. I managed to dump my sewing basket, too. I’m being reminded of why I wanted to do the pamphlet on liners and lids for baskets! <sigh> Ok, later this winter….later…. yes, will do… <sigh>
During my stitching time I watched the light fade and the wind come up, wiggling leaf silhouettes across the darkening sky until they vanished from view in the darkness. It was barely 5pm! I still had the windows open, well after dark. I got a short nap around 6pm, but I was back up by 7pm.
Marius stopped by for his camera and I got a snack and then got back to work. I did paperwork for awhile and then tried to get a little more stitching done. I was pretty tired by then and my eyes started bothering me, so I gave it up to go read. The wind was moaning through the just-slightly-open window, but it sounded nice and it was still pretty warm being 59F even at 1am.
Hatch brought Robyne from Newport and they got in at just about the same time that Tempus got home. Robyne went straight to bed, but Tempus had to run back out around 1am to get the ad inserts set up. He came back, got a nap, and then was back out around 4am to get the rest of the papers and to do deliveries. He won’t be home until 8am at the earliest. I’m hoping he gets a nap because tomorrow’s papers are almost worse.
Today for the first time in my life, I’m not having dinner at home with family and friends. We’re actually going *out* for dinner! Waves at the Alsi resort is doing a Thanksgiving Dinner and we’re heading over there around 2pm. Partly it’s my health, partly Tempus being out doing the godsawful Thanksgiving morning paper run (it’s all the ads… takes forever to fold/bag and he’s going to have a sore arm tomorrow from tossing them ….) and partly that the oven still isn’t working. I figured out how to do a turkey breast in the crockpot, but… Well, he’s spoiling me. 🙂
A Ken Gagne photo of a Great Blue Heron on Eckman Lake.
Today’s plant is New Zealand Flax, Phormium Tenax. This is a very different plant from common flax or linseed, Linum usitatissimum. It is used mostly as an ornamental in the northern hemisphere, but at one time sustained a lively trade as a fiber. While the two plants are very different, they have similar magickal properties. These days the fiber is mostly used by paper artisans. – Masculine, Mercury, Fire, Hulda – Money spells, add to coins and carry, flax in the shoe averts poverty. For protection while asleep, add to mustard seed, put both opposite cold water. Protection from evil entering, scatter with red pepper by door. Health and healing rituals, sprinkle altar with flaxseed. More here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phormium For the traditional uses of the plant fiberhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_flax
In 1893 in New Zealand, 10 weeks after full Suffrage had been granted to women, the next election was held. Thanks to people like Kate Sheppard, leader of the New Zealand female suffrage movement, women voted for the first time in a national general election anywhere in the world. Australia was the second nation, fully nine years later (1902), although on December 18, 1894 women in the State of South Australia became the first in the world to be able to vote andstand for election. Among the earliest nations to grant women the vote include Finland (1906), United Kingdom (1918), and Afghanistan (1922). Switzerland was one of the last, in 1971. Women didn’t get to vote in the USA until 1920, the year that Grandma was born! Photo is Kate Shephard, leader of the movement. There’s more info here: http://www.nzine.co.nz/features/suffrage2.html
The shop opens at 11am! Fall hours are 11am-6pm Thursday through Monday, although the time that we’re there is drifting earlier with the shorter days. Need something off hours? Give us a call at 541-563-7154 or Facebook or email at email@example.com If we’re supposed to be closed, but it looks like we’re there, try the door. If it’s open, the shop’s open! In case of bad weather, check here at the blog for updates, on our Facebook as Ancient Light, or call the shop.
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. 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.
Whenever << Fomalhaut is “southing” (crossing the meridian due south, which it does around 6 or 7 p.m. this week), you know that the first stars of Orion >>>> are just about to rise in the east, and the Pointers of the Big Dipper stand directly below Polaris (if you’re in the world’s mid-northern latitudes).
Jupiter (magnitude –2.2, in western Leo) rises in the east-northeast around 10 or 11 p.m. About 45 minutes later, fainter Regulus (magnitude +1.4) rises below it. By dawn they shine high in the south, with Regulus now to Jupiter’s left.
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
Th 27 High 4:11 AM 7.2 7:28 AM Rise 11:41 AM 21
27 Low 9:46 AM 3.0 4:40 PM Set 10:33 PM
27 High 3:25 PM 7.6
27 Low 10:21 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am free to express myself
~ We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment. – Jim Rohn
~ Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief. – Proverbs 14:13, New International Version
~ Bare is his back who has no brother. – Grettir’s Saga, c.82
~ Give kind heed to the dead, sick-dead, Sea-dead, or word-dead; treat their bodies with respect and see that they are laid to rest with respect. – Volsunga Saga, c.21
~ Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. – Sir Isaac Newton
What I want to explain in the Introduction is this. We have been nearly three years writing this book. We began it when we were very young . . . and now we are six. So, of course, bits of it seem rather babyish to us, almost as if they had slipped out of some other book by mistake. On page whatever-it-is there is a thing which is simply three-ish, and when we read it to ourselves just now we said, ‘Well, well, well,’ and turned over rather quickly. So we want you to know that the name of the book doesn’t mean that this is us being six all the time, but that it is about as far as we’ve got at present, and we half think of stopping there. – A. A. Milne, from the introduction to his book When We Are Six
Thanksgiving Magick – Poems for the Holiday
Family Tradition – by Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2004
Sparkling crystal dishes
filled with chocolates
and sweet things.
Warm smells and giggles
coming from the kitchen.
Families and friends
gather round tables
sharing their hearts
in the meals
they carry forward
an ancient tradition
of love shared
the length of generations. – Submitted By Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2004
‘Twas The Night of Thanksgiving
But I just couldn’t sleep,
I tried counting backwards,
I tried counting sheep.
The leftovers beckoned-
The dark meat and white
But I fought the temptation
With all of my might.
Tossing and turning,
The thought of a snack,
So, I raced to the kitchen,
Flung open the door,
And gazed at the fridge,
Full of goodies galore.
I gobbled up turkey,
And buttered potatoes,
Pickles and carrots,
Beans and tomatoes.
I felt myself swelling,
So plump and so round,
’til all of a sudden,
I rose off the ground.
I crashed through the ceiling,
Floating into the sky,
With a mouthful of pudding,
And a handful of pie.
But, I managed to yell,
As I soared past the trees…
“Happy eating to all-
Pass the cranberries, please”.
May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey (or tofu) be plump,
May your potatoes ‘n gravy,
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious,
May your pies take the prize,
May your Thanksgiving dinner,
Stay off of your thighs.
A FEW NACHOS: What you have to let your belt out. (Charles G. Waugh)
BUFFET: A French word that means, “Get up and get it yourself.” (Internet Source)
CIRCUMSPECTIVE DESSERT: Pumpkin pi. (MsSam)
CROSS CHICKENS WITH TURKEYS: Get peeping toms. (Charles G. Waugh)
FOWL: Four letter bird. (Variation of a statement in Art. Moger, ed., The Complete Pun Book, 1979, p. 99)
GOES WELL WITH TURKEY SALAD: Wishbone® dressing. (Charles G. Waugh)
HOLIDAY GROCERY LIST: What you spend hours writing, then forget to take with you to the store. (Internet Source)
HOME COOKING: A place many a man thinks his wife is. (Stan Kegel)
INBRED TURKEY: Sandwich. (Charles G. Waugh)
MATING RITUAL: Trying to coordinate holiday dinnerware, glasses and silverware. (MsSam)
MCFEAST: Take-out turkey banquet. (Charles G. Waugh)
OLD-TIMER: One who can remember when folks sat down at the dinner table and counted their blessings instead of calories. (Internet Source)
RECIPE: A series of step-by-step instructions for preparing ingredients you forgot to buy, in utensils you don’t own, to make a dish even the dog won’t eat. (Internet Source)
SALAD BAR: The fast lane. (Charles G. Waugh)
SIX DRUMSTICK TURKEY: Urban leggin’. (Charles G. Waugh)
SPLIT SECOND: Pulling on the wishbone. (Charles G. Waugh)
STUFFED: How you look when you rebuckle your belt after Thanksgiving dinner. (MsSam)
STUFFING MAKER: Grainfully employed. (Charles G. Waugh)
THANKSGIVING: A holiday that always falls on Thursday because the Pilgrims came here in search of a four-day weekend. (Internet Source)
THANKSGIVING DINNER: A wing and a prayer. (Charles G. Waugh)
THANKSGIVING’S PATRON SAINT: Buffet Sainte-Marie. (Charles G. Waugh)
TIME TO STUFF A RUBBER TURKEY: Pranksgiving. (Joseph Leff)
TURKEY: Novem-bird. (Charles G. Waugh)
TURKEY BUFFET: Smorgasbird. (Charles G. Waugh)
TURKEY LEFTOVERS: Hash reality. (Charles G. Waugh)
TURKEY SAUSAGE: Best of the wurst. (Charles G. Waugh and Joseph Leff)
TURKEYS: The stuffed of which dreams are made. (Statement by Charles G. Waugh and Kathy Sweet Waugh)
VEGGIE BANQUET: Garden of feedin’. (Charles G. Waugh)
VOLUNTEER TO WASH THE DISHES: What you should do if you need some time alone. (Loosely based on a statement from an Internet Source)
*** INDIGESTION WATCH FOR THURSDAY ***
*** BELLY ACHE ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY NIGHT ***
TODAY: CONSIDERABLE AMOUNTS OF TURKEY WILL DEVELOP BY AFTERNOON, WITH AVERAGE TEMPERATURES OF BETWEEN 350 TO 400 DEGREES. A HEAVY ACCUMULATION OF CRANBERRY SAUCE AND STUFFING WILL LIKELY ACCOMPANY THE TURKEY BY LATE IN THE DAY. PROBABILITY OF FOOTBALL GAMES WILL RISE TO 100 PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT: RESIDUAL SWEET AND MASHED POTATOES, ALONG WITH A FLOOD OF GRAVY . . . ESPECIALLY IN POOR DRAINAGE AREAS. PROBABILITY OF FOOTBALL GAMES WILL DIMINISH TO NEAR ZERO BY EVENING.
TOMORROW: A LONG FRONTAL LINE IS EXPECTED TO STALL IN THE VICINITY OF MOST DEPARTMENT STORES AND SHOPPING CENTERS. STILL A GOOD CHANCE OF LINGERING TURKEY OR ISOLATED STUFFING.
SATURDAY: RESIDUAL TURKEY ACCOMPANIED BY DRIFTING AREAS OF MAYONNAISE IN SOME SPOTS.
LONG RANGE OUTLOOK FOR SUNDAY: STILL A CHANCE OF SOME LEFTOVER TURKEY, ACCOMPANIED ONCE AGAIN BY AN INCREASING RISK OF FOOTBALL.