No Wicca today! Project Day starts at Noon!
I went to sleep so early Friday night that I thought I’d be up early. Nope. I woke at 8, as usual. I got a shower, and got my stuff together, but was still trying to get the newsletter out when my ride arrived.
>>>>> One of the guests having fun. Small people find puddles! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
We had a long ride to the handfasting site. We stopped several times to collect people who were going to follow and then several more to put fabric flags up at the various turns and then one of the folks had to turn back, since someone they were in contact with had made a wrong turn somewhere.
I think it was about 45 minutes driving time up into the Olympic forest to the site than Brandon and Nick had picked out. It decided to pour on us. I was getting really worried because I got soaked enough to start shivering, but one of the people participating in the handfasting ceremony (doing the Asatru part) had a heavy coat. I pulled it over my head and sat on my walker until the popup (which had gone away with the person who needed to go find the wrong turn person) got back. There were two, one for the folks attending and one over the ritual table, but everything was soaked by the time they were up. I didn’t need to go to the stream to get water. I just set the bowl on the table and let it get rained into!
The ceremony went well and Nick and Brandon are handfast. It was a combination generic, Wiccan and Asatru ceremony. It took very little time to pack everything up and then we all headed back toward town. I had the person who was driving me drop me at the hotel, got a hot shower and a change of clothing and then got picked back up about an hour later to get to the reception.
That was fun. The guys had butchered a couple of pigs and started the pork cooking Friday night, while Brandon was also making the wedding cake, which I kept nibbling at. Yes, *that* good! It was a kransekake (I think that’s how it’s said….) They had a bottle of champagne in the middle and then ring after ring of baked cookie connected with icing. Brandon had also made red icing roses to attach, placed gold Lindor truffles around the base and added a big white ribbon bow that cascaded down the tower. It was lovely.
The recipe was:
- 1 pound of almond flour
- 1 pound of powdered sugar
- 4 egg whites
Mix it all up, put into a pastry tube and pipe rings of dough onto a baking sheet and bake (probably at 350 for 15 minutes or so….)
There was a lot of food, not just the pulled pork, and the kransekake but a big chocolate-iced pound cake, rolls, all kind of vegetables, a corn casserole, an apple cake, some commercial baked sweets pickles, potato salad, cole-slaw and so on. We all ate until stuffed and sat around talking for quite some time. Eventually we got the license and other paperwork signed and then packed up and headed out.
I had a quiet evening at the hotel, doing a little writing and a lot of dozing off.
Today Marius and I are traveling home. We have two stops. He’s planning to go to Shipwreck Beads and then we also have to stop at Bera’s to drop off some equipment. Tempus is going to be at the shop all day, starting to put up Yule stuff, but he *only* *just*, at 9am, finished his paper route! He’s gonna be dozy….
Today’s plant is St. John’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum,which traditionally blooms at mid-summer on the pagan festival that the feast of St. John the Baptist replaced. It is widely used in the treatment of depression and to ward off evil, both in a medical and magickal sense. Charms made of this herbs, harvested on the summer solstice (or on June 24 or July 7, depending on your culture) make some of the best protection charms (especially against lightning) and good prosperity charms.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_wort
Gwynn ap Nudd’s Underworld day (Celtic) – Gwynn ap Nudd (Light, Son of Darkness), a south-Welsh god who is sometimes referred to as lord of the faerie kingdom, or the Celtic Lord of the Dead, allows the door to the Underworld to be opened for a day. He lives in Glastonbury Tor, a hill at Glastonbury, site of King Arthur’s fabled Isle of Avalon. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwynn_ap_Nudd
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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. 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.
Cassiopeia stands on end high in the northeast after nightfall this month. If you have a telescope, surely you look in on Cassiopeia’s clustery deep-sky sights from time to time. But how about T Cassiopeiae and its companion? This pair of stars offers a striking color contrast when T Cas is near its maximum brightness of about magnitude 8.3, as it is now. See the November Sky & Telescope, page 45. The finder map there also includes eight lovely open clusters right around Cassiopeia’s W pattern.
Venus, Mars, and Jupiter continue their changing display in the eastern sky before and during dawn. Venus is the brightest at magnitude –4.4. Jupiter is –1.8, and Mars, between them (closer to Venus), is much fainter at +1.7. Watch their pattern change from morning to morning. Venus, the lowest, is descending; Jupiter and Mars are moving higher.
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. Runic half month of Naudhiz/ Nyd /Nauthiz – November 13- 27 – Time to prepare for winter. Bank the walls, seal the windows, make sure the shutters will close properly. The storms are coming.
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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
Su 8 Low 3:58 AM 1.9 7:03 AM Rise 3:59 AM 13
~ 8 High 10:06 AM 7.6 4:57 PM Set 3:46 PM
~ 8 Low 4:46 PM 0.9
~ 8 High 10:49 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Refuse to talk negatively about others; don’t gossip and don’t listen to gossip/
~ One way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say the wrong thing. – Frank Sheed
~ All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. – Charles M. Schulz
~ People take pictures of the summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to prove that it really existed. – Ray Davies
~ Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. – Harriet Beecher Stowe
John Keats – To Autumn
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
Steady thy laden head across a brook;
Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too, –
While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
Among the river sallows, borne aloft
Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
Magus: “Listen to the words of the Great mother, who of old was also called among men Artemis, Astarte, Dione, Melusine, Aphrodite, Cerridwen, Diana, Arianrhod, Bride, and by many other names.”
High Priestess: “At mine Altars the youth of Lacedaemon in Sparta made due sacrifice. Whenever ye have need of anything, once in the month, and better it be when the moon is full, ye shall assemble in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me who am Queen of all Witcheries and magics. There ye shall assemble, ye who are fain to learn all sorcery, yet have not won its deepest secrets. To these will I teach things that are yet unknown. And ye shall be free from slavery, and as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites, both men and women, and ye shall dance, sing, feast, make music, and love, all in my praise. There is a Secret Door that I have made to establish the way to taste even on earth the elixir of immortality. Say, ‘Let ecstasy be mine, and joy on earth even to me, To Me,’ For I am a gracious Goddess. I give unimaginable joys on earth, certainty, not faith, while in life! And upon death, peace unutterable, rest, and ecstasy, nor do I demand aught in sacrifice.”
Magus: “Hear ye the words of the Star Goddess.”
High Priestess: “I love you: I yearn for you: pale or purple, veiled or voluptuous. I who am all pleasure, and purple and drunkenness of the innermost senses, desire you. Put on the wings, arouse the coiled splendor within you. Come unto me, for I am the flame that burns in the heart of every man, and the core of every Star. Let it be your inmost divine self who art lost in the constant rapture of infinite joy. Let the rituals be rightly performed with joy and beauty. Remember that all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals. So let there be beauty and strength, leaping laughter, force and fire by within you. And if thou sayest, ‘I have journeyed unto thee, and it availed me not,’ rather shalt thou say, ‘I called upon thee, and I waited patiently, and Lo, thou wast with me from the beginning,’ for they that ever desired me shall ever attain me, even to the end of all desire.
This much of the rites must ever be performed to prepare for any initiation, whether of one degree or of all three.
Silliness – Deep Thoughts from the Shower – I have never once hit the space bar while watching a YouTube video with the intention of scrolling halfway down the page. – via Shower Thoughts