It’s just getting light. The trees are silhouetted against a sky that’s clear enough to be pale, but doesn’t really have any particular color. There are dew trails down the next-door roof, shimmering darkly silver. Its 46F with almost no wind and I’m up *way* too early!
Yesterday started as a kinda crazy scramble. Tempus fell asleep early and then woke up in the middle of the night, which meant that I was more wakeful than I should have been and then we both slept a bit late. I don’t think he managed to get the trash out…
I worked steadily on getting things ready for the weekend, working on newsletter bits, packing, finding stuff to eat, etc. Tempus came back for me at 2:30 and most of the Samhain stuff was down and shifted back to where it goes. He was still winding lights even during the Sewing Time, though. I was working on pouches and Marius got his tunic hem finished.
Tempus headed into Newport during the evening to get some shopping done and then run his paper route. Marius and I had supper over at the China Restaurant, talking the entire while.
Today Marius and I are heading north. We have several stops on the way and I’m due in Shelton by 8pm, which won’t be any problem to make. He has farther to go, heading over to Ocean Shores. Tempus is going to be at the shop, but he’s going to be sleepy since he didn’t get to start his deliveries until past midnight and got in around 3:30. For some reason the papers were running late.
A Ken Gagne photo of last night’s sunset over the ocean. It’s what I call a “Numenor” sunset, where it looks like land almost beyond sight. Yes, that’s *clouds* not land!
My mother used to recite, when the weather turned to fall, “The goldenrod is yellow, the leaves are turning brown, the trees in the apple orchard, with fruit, are bending down.” Today’s plant is Goldenrod, Solidago Canadensis. A good browse plant, although not shade-tolerant, it is one of the first plants to colonize burned-off areas. In Fukishima it has taken over the rice fields near the wrecked nuclear plant. – Feminine, Venus, Air – Wear a piece of goldenrod to see your future love. Hold a piece in the hand and it will direct you to things you’ve lost or buried treasure. If it blooms by your door without being planted, good fortune will follow. It’s also used in money spells and has the property of survival. Wiki article here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solidago_canadensis
Today we’ve got an odd feast. There are several celebrations of “St. Leonard” on this day, but the only saint of this name that I can find doesn’t see to have even the slightest connection to the celebrations! There are a Bavarians who celebrate him with a parade of painted wagons and a whip-cracking contest as a patron saint of drovers. There’s a candle procession in another spot and an historical veneration of St. Leonard by Crusaders. What’s that have to do with this guy? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_of_Noblac
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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. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 11/9 at 9:47pm.
Jupiter and the Moon – Friday, Nov. 6, dawn – Jupiter will be 2 degrees north of the moon, with Mars and Venus nearby.
In Saturday’s dawn, the waning crescent Moon has now stepped down a notch to shine strikingly paired with Venus. Faint Mars close by makes it a triangle. Jupiter shines above them.
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
F 6 Low 2:27 AM 1.6 7:00 AM Rise 2:04 AM 28
~ 6 High 8:55 AM 7.1 4:59 PM Set 2:52 PM
~ 6 Low 3:24 PM 2.0
~ 6 High 9:09 PM 6.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – To forgive is to set the prisoner free, and then discover the prisoner was you.
~ There is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgement. – Malcolm Hein
~ Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe – the open sesame to every soul. – Elizabeth Stanton (1815-1902) US reformer
~ The smallest feline is a masterpiece. – Da Vinci
~ Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. – T. S. Eliot
And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither . . . – Robert Frost (1874–1963)
Pagans like me who believe in, talk about and practice sexual freedom are protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
As individuals, and as Americans, we pagans have the freedom to choose the manner in which we express our personal eroticism and sexuality. For example, some sexually free individual pagans believe in a tolerant alternative worldview that promotes the use of free will with no sexual manipulation or sexual exploitation of any kind. Sexual freedom, as opposed to sexual slavery (no free choice; no free will; coercion), means mutually respectful, consensual acts of intimate adult sensuality and sexuality, between or amongst trusted, equal partner(s). In the purest pagan tradition, a sexually free individual leads a lifestyle that “…harms none, it is permissible.”
Old pagan traditions demystify, celebrate and revere sensuality and sexuality as sacred, divine and natural whereas younger, patriarchal religions condemn paganism’s freedom to celebrate eroticism and sexuality as “irresponsible”, “promiscuous”, “licentious”, “evil” or “satanic”. During the witchcraft hysteria that gripped Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, for example, Boston minister Cotton Mather wrote: “…the Kingdom of Anti-Christ came to be Exposed. Thus, the Judgements of God on the Roman Empire, first unto the Downfall of Paganism……Witchcraft will not be fully understood, until the day when there shall not be one Witch in the World.” The inflammatory rhetoric of puritanical theofascists from the pre-Constitutional era like Harvard-educated Cotton Mather is personified today, for example, in fanatical Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson and others of his unenlightened ilk who are pro-censorship and opposed to pornography, sex education, birth control, abortion and sexual privacy rights.
Old nature-based pagan traditions are sensitive to the sacred meaning of human eroticism and sexuality. They recognize and acknowledge these primordial biological forces — symbolically, spiritually, and physically. Ancient pagan faiths honor and celebrate the eroto-sexual dimensions of human expression not only as divine but also as essential and pleasurable. In the Old Celtic Tradition, May is recognized as the month of Sexual Freedom. Saxons cast magickal love spells on poppet dolls. Wiccans worship the natural cycles of female sexuality. In general, old pagan traditions balance female and male aspects of eroto-sexual expression in nature, in art, in rituals, in festivals and much more.
Historically — long before Christianity, Judaism and Islam were established — innumerable pagan love goddesses, sex goddesses, fertility goddesses, and partner & affection goddesses were revered as deities of sexual love, fertility & procreation. They represented the myriad of divine spiritual and physical aspects of female love, sexuality and pleasure. They included: Great Goddess / Earth Mother-Maiden-Wise Woman (Crone); Artemis / Diana, Venus / Aphrodite / Freya, Shakti/Kali/Durga/Bhairavi; Ishtar, Hathor, Banzai Tennyo and many others too numerous to list here.
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc. revisionists pretend these innumerable erotic, sexual and fertility goddesses never existed. Patriarchal Hebrews demonized Adam’s first wife Lilith because she refused to be sexually submissive to him. The patriarchal Koran teaches: “Allah will not tolerate idolatry….the pagans pray to females.” In Ireland, Onward Christian soldiers disfigured, damaged and buried figures of the ancient Celtic Sheila-na-gig goddess. Unlike the Virgin Mary, Sheila-na-gig was a naked goddess characterized by her wide-open, gaping vagina. However, “nu-gig”, an ancient Mesopotamian word, meant “pure”, “spotless”.
Like ancient pagans, contemporary pagans believe the unclothed human body is very natural. Pagans accept ritual and social nudity. For example, the Aphrodite Ritual may be performed “skyclad”. Pagans also find pleasure in the ritual use of sensual music and dance, love spells and chants, erotic massage oils, magick herbal love candles, aromatic flowers and the burning of incense for romance. Sexual magick can also be worked using tarot decks, runes, crystal balls, astrology, numerology, palmistry, Ouija Boards, etc.
Rituals, customs, spells, and symbolism aside, contemporary pagans are usually very private about their personal sexual expression. That pagans are licentious, orgiastic or otherwise sexually irresponsible is simply anti-pagan propaganda. The fact is that because paganism affirms the body as a sacred temple, pagans advise safe sex and responsibility.
Because we are sexually free, pagan individuals lack the guilt and shame so characteristic of a patriarchy that loathes the spirituality of eroticism and the temporal pleasures of the body and flesh. Those of us who celebrate — as well as practice — the ideals inherent in the ancient pagan eroto-sexual worldview are unaffected in our private, personal lives by mainstream society’s prevailing sex-negative conventions, practices and/or attitudes.
Today’s pagans believe that genuine, authentic alternative sexual arrangements are a purely personal matter; that these private relationships depend solely on the individual consciences of the people involved. Sexually free pagans accept gays and lesbians, bisexuals, alternative partnerships, polyfidelity, and so on. Pagans rejoice in sexual freedom as self-affirming, self-empowering and physically and spiritually energizing.
Whether you are a pagan who practices Shakti’s kundalini tantra, Kali’s Yoni tantra, ritual or sacred prostitution, choosing sexual freedom as your spiritual and lifestyle worldview is both civil and wise because sexual freedom “Harms none. It is permissible.”
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