Just now it’s suddenly dark and pouring, but for just a couple of minutes. When I first got up it was bright sunshine and everything sparkling from an earlier shower, the sun making diamonds of water droplets on the clematis. There’s very little wind and it’s 50F.
Yesterday was really frustrating for me. I’m trying to transcribe from photos and was also trying to get stuff printed. Now *both* printers are acting up! So, that ate most of my work time. Tempus came up to get me around 4 and I got a little sewing done and some clean-up. He was still taking down decorations. We have to start getting ’em put away so Yule can go up. Jan stopped by for a last visit before taking off for the year. Hoping that she has safe and prosperous travels!
Today we’re slowly getting started, having slept in and puttered and talked a bit. Tempus is making french toast and I’m trying to get through more of the transcription. Of course, it’s Tuesday, so chores have to happen. I’m hoping that’s going to be kitchen, laundry and bath!
Goose pond, (off rt 34 east of Waldport) Ken Gagne, 11/02/15
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatumand here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
Apaturia – (from Pip Wilson’s Almanac) meeting of the clans, ancient Greece (Nov 3 – 5) -The Apaturia was commemorated by all Ionian Greeks except those of Colophon and Ephesus. It was celebrated in the month of Pyanepsion (October to November) and lasted three days (our placement in the Book of Days is fairly arbitrary). The name is roughly translated as ‘common relationship’; Xenophon (431 – c. 354 BCE), tells us that during the celebration, fathers and relations assembled. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apaturia
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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. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/11 at 9:47am. 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 11/3 at 4:24am. 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 11/6 at 9:47pm.
Around 9 p.m., depending on where you are, zero-magnitude <<< Capella rises exactly as high in the northeast as zero-magnitude Vega >>>> has sunk in the west-northwest. How accurately can you time this event? Astrolabe not required. . . but it would help.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter continue showing off together in the eastern sky before and during dawn. Venus is the brightest at magnitude –4.5. Jupiter is –1.8, and Mars is much fainter at +1.7. Watch their pattern changing from morning to morning. Venus is descending; Jupiter and Mars are rising. Venus passes close by faint Mars (only 1/250 as bright!) on November 2nd and 3rd, when they’ll be 0.8° and 0.7° apart, respectively.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
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.
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Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24 – nGéadal – (NYEH-dl), reed – 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 3 High 6:18 AM 6.6 6:56 AM Set 1:23 PM 57
~ 3 Low 12:08 PM 3.3 5:03 PM
~ 3 High 5:40 PM 6.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – And… At the end of your days, be leaning forward – not falling backwards.
~ You are meant to grow and blossom into the person you want to be. The time to start is now. – Kerr Cuhulain
~ No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues. – Bertrand Russell
~ A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long. – e. e. cummings (1894-1962) u. s. poet
~ Who keeps his tongue keeps his friends. – Irish Proverb
At daybreak, the rising sun stretches her arms.
At daybreak, the goddess rises to her feet.
She rises, driving out darkness from the land.
She rises, bringing daylight and birdsong to the land.
Beneath her, we move about, enjoying her warmth.
Above us, she moves about, moving westward.
She shines bright on the blooming collibah tree,
with its sprawling roots, with its spreading branches.~Dulngulg Song Cycle, Australian Mudbara People
Jones came into the office an hour late for the third time in one week and found the boss waiting for him.
“What’s the story this time, Jones?” he asked sarcastically. “Let’s hear a good excuse for a change.”
Jones sighed, “Everything went wrong this morning, Boss. The wife decided to drive me to the station. She got ready in ten minutes, but then the drawbridge got stuck. Rather than let you down, I swam across the river — look, my suit’s still damp — ran out to the airport, got a ride on Mr. Thompson’s helicopter, landed on top of Radio City Music Hall, and was carried here piggyback by one of the Rockettes.”
“You’ll have to do better than that, Jones,” said the boss, obviously disappointed. “No woman can get ready in ten minutes.”