Yesterday was very, very busy. I worked on newsletters off an on all day as well as sorting some more stuff from the summer that landed in my “parking lot” in the study. I also finally did a little on the bookshelves, putting things away, sorting out books for the shop library and duplicates and taking out a box of books to get stored in the back. I spent quite some time folding the washed and dried specialty fabrics. Tempus and I both did laundry and I made us a good supper of the leftover ground pork from the mylates, some onions, lots of mushrooms and macaroni noodles. We’ve got leftovers for a couple of days, at least. I never did get to go for a walk in the park. I ran out of light!
In the middle of the day Tempus headed over to the rental house. They had a good bit of the electricity to the house quit because one of those grounded plugs in the bathroom self-destructed, so he had to go fix it.
Today Tempus is going to be putting away the last of the Samhain goodies (I hope….) I’m going to pack in the morning and get stuff set up so I can be gone all weekend. He’s going to come back for me in the middle of the afternoon, so I can get the stuff set up there that I need to, as well, and then we have sewing.
I haven’t posted this for a bit. This is a moving version of a Tesseract, which is the progression from square to cube to hyper-cube or tesseract, a 4-dimensional (not counting time….) object. Each of the cubes is the same size and all 90 degree angles….
Today’s Plant is the Primrose, Primula vulgaris. This plant, because easily grown, but easily killed, is very popular at garden centers. Even our local grocery and Fred Meyer’s have racks of them outside at this time of year. They’re often given as inexpensive gifts for Valentine’s, Easter, and Mothers’ Day and here on the coast, both for Hallow’e’en and Thanksgiving. Both flowers and leaves are edible, the flavor ranging between mild lettuce and more bitter salad greens. The leaves can also be used for tea, and the young flowers can be made into primrose wine. – Feminine, Venus, Earth, Freya – grow blue and red ones to protect against reverses of fortune, yellow and pink to attract the small Fae. When worn, they attract the love of men, and can cure madness. If you dry them and sew them into a child’s pillow you will gain his undying respect and loyalty, but be sure that you deserve it, first! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_vulgaris
Guy Fawkes Night (often referred to as Bonfire Night) is
celebrated with bonfires and fireworks on November 5, or the closest Friday or Saturday night. On this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes (“the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions”) and collaborators attempted to blow up the English Houses of Parliament over things that make little sense to us today. English people still burn a ‘guy’ in effigy, although the festival is more one of fireworks and parades and parties, rather than something more ominous.
The “Anonymous” mask is actually one that is worn in England on Guy Fawkes Night. This celebration seems to tie in with folk festivals that go far back in history of a night of bonfires in this time of the year. More info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night
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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 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.
By about 9 p.m. <<< Orion is clearing your eastern horizon (depending on how far east or west you live in your time zone). High above Orion shines orange Aldebaran. Above Aldebaran is the little Pleiades >>> cluster, the size of your fingertip at arm’s length. Far left of the Pleiades shines bright Capella.
The waning Moon shines with Jupiter before and during dawn on Friday morning the 6th. Venus and Mars are below them. Think photo opportunity: Use a tripod, a long lens or zoom, and include a bit of foreground. Send your shot to our online gallery!
Uranus(magnitude +5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune(magnitude +7.8, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, by 8 p.m. standard time. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune
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
Th 5 Low 1:32 AM 1.3 6:59 AM Rise 1:06 AM 37
~ 5 High 8:10 AM 6.9 5:01 PM Set 2:24 PM
~ 5 Low 2:31 PM 2.5
~ 5 High 8:07 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Even a woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head.
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – As long as I can conceive something better than myself, I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it. — George Bernard Shaw
~ Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt. – William Shakespeare
~ I’d rather vote for something I want and not get it than vote for something I don’t want, and get it. – Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926) US Socialist Leader
~ I have always had a great respect for a Philippine proverb: ‘Into the closed mouth the fly does not get.’ – attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.,
~ Choose to focus on your positive possibilities. – Reginald Cuffee PhD
Who was Solon and what are the 10 Precepts? by Cara Schulz — November 3, 2015
Solon was an Athenian who lived in the early years of the 6th century BCE. His most famous saying, “Everything in moderation,” was carved into the stone walls at the Oracle of Apollon at Delphi. He also wrote a code of ethics that children memorized and later philosophers examined and built on.
- Trust good character more than promises.
- Do not speak falsely.
- Do good things.
- Do not be hasty in making friends, but do not abandon them once made.
- Learn to obey before you command.
- When giving advice, do not recommend what is most pleasing, but what is most useful.
- Make reason your supreme commander.
- Do not associate with people who do bad things.
- Honor the gods.
- Have regard for your parents.
\A woman’s life is filled with stages, milestones ushering in wondrous experiential apexes like the coming of fertility, motherhood, and wisdom. Three aspects, maiden, mother, and crone, have traditionally represented the bounties and new beginnings represented by each stage. The maiden is the aspect of new beginnings, youth, playfulness, spontaneity, and learning. A woman in the prime of her life can be said to be living under the aspect of the mother, who personifies fertility, strength, and stability. She is the gentle nurturer as well as the fierce lioness. Lastly, and by far the most misunderstood and yet in many ways the most deserving of reverence, is the crone, who holds within her all of the wisdom of the journeys of womanhood within her.
The word crone once meant simply ‘wise woman’ and, in antiquity, was a term of respect. The crone was a voice of wisdom, an elder, a healer, a counselor, and a teacher, who had traveled the paths of maiden and mother and possessed the accumulated wisdom of youth, adulthood, and old age. She represented the fulfillment of maturity and the knowledge that could only be obtained through a life well lived. The transition to cronehood was a rich and empowering experience, and an important rite of passage, though not one associated with a specific age. Today, though it seems eternal youth has become an obsession, women are reclaiming the status once associated with cronehood by recognizing their evolution and acting upon it. In awakening the crone, as she once was, women are acknowledging the extraordinary wisdom, grace, dignity, and beauty that comes with age.
In embracing the aspect of the crone, it is important to be aware of the fact that age, experience, knowledge, and power are profound gifts that can never be taken from you. Each stage in life is yours and yours alone, and should be embraced as a vital part of life’s journey. As you pass lovingly through each stage, coming finally to the remarkable crone, you will gradually be awakened to the mysteries of each, until you hold within you the keys to them all. ~ Source Unknown – GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives