It’s only 45F, but the sun is shining and there’s a good breeze. I’m having trouble getting my study warm this morning for some reason. It looks like we’re going to get some serious rain, starting late Thursday. They’re talking possible localized flooding.
Yesterday went quickly, but then, we had a lot to do. Tempus is starting to catch up on little repairs and fixes that have had to be ignored all summer, and all that while working on getting the Yule stuff up. Ornaments should start going up this week and I’ll be posting a few each day. Yes, we have pagan ones for sale.
Today’s plant is the Columbine, genus Aquilegia. Found in garden and native species in Oregon, these plants stick their flowers up into the air where they can be admired. They’re related to aconite and share those qualities of a deadly poisonous plant. The flowers aren’t the problem. It’s the seeds and root. Columbina means “dove” and Aquila is “eagle” supposedly from the resemblance of the flower either to clustered doves or the spur at the back of the flower to an eagle’s claw. There is such a thing as too much imagination…. – Feminine, Venus, Water – Crush between the hands or wear in a pouch that can be squashed to induce courage and daring. Carry a posy of the flowers to attract love and the seeds can be used as a love perfume when crushed, however the seeds are *very* poisonous, so don’t ingest any! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquilegia
Festival of Martini, ancient Latvia – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia: In ancient Latvia, Martini (Mārtiņi) was the name of a festival, celebrated on November 10, marking the end of the Autumn and the beginning of Winter. The festival marks the transfer from Usins to Martins, two deities of horses. Usins is invoked during the summer, while Martins (see St Martin) is a Winter god. The festival marked the end of the preparations for Winter, such as salting meat and fish, storing the harvest and making preserves. Martini also marked the beginning of masquerading and sledding, among other wintry activities. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81rti%C5%86i and here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Martin%27s_Day
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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. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/11 at 9:47am.
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 12:47 p.m. EST – New Moon – The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun, but can be seen low in the east as a narrow crescent a morning or two before, just before sunrise. It is visible low in the west an evening or two after New Moon.
Take a look at Cassiopeia again. The third segment of its W pattern, counting from the top, points roughly straight down. Extend it twice as far down and you’re at the Double Cluster in Perseus. At magnitudes 4.3 and 4.4, this pair of star-swarms is apparent to the unaided eye if you have a dark sky. They’re visible in binoculars or a small, wide-field telescope from almost anywhere.
Mercury has sunk away into the glow of sunrise.
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
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is not sufficient to have great qualities; we must be able to make proper use of them.
~ Practice is key to learning, and learning is key to leading. – Thorn Coyle
~ There is no such thing as a wasted act of kindness.- James Robinson
~ He that cannot reason is a fool. He that will not is a bigot. He that dare not is a slave. – Andrew Carnegie
~ No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure. – James K. Polk (1795-1849) US President (11)
archaeology of a garden
digging out weeds with my bare hands
feeling the earth
slip rapidly through my fingers
like brown sand
i like the way the dirt
embeds itself underneath my nails
staining my skin
allowing me to keep its remnants
for a while
along with the thinly lined scratches
sketched lightly along my arms
from those gnarled brittle branches
twisting in and out of the flower beds
the old lady who lived here before me
must have pushed her hands
through these same patches of soil
time and time again
sometimes i feel her essence lingering
and quite possibly i hear the sound
of her faint exasperation
as she shakes her head at my “knack” for horticulture
but i respect this place
and these roots planted here long ago
each twig, each bloom, each dried-out leaf
missing their former caretaker’s adept and knowing ways
my hands reach out earnestly
perhaps not quite with the same sense of empathy or ease
though i am committed to learning
how to cultivate life,
nurture growth and wait
with positive uncertainty
and i like the way i feel
when i’m out here
smelling the fresh earth
patiently waiting for the lessons
digging out weeds
with my bare hands.
Take a corn dolly or other craft-made female figure and use it to represent the Goddess and Her changing aspects all year round. Dress her according to what She is doing in the mythology of the wheel of the year. The dolly makes a great decoration and is a good everyday reminder of the Goddess’s part in the God’s life. Suggestions for each Sabbat follow:
|Yule||Dress dolly like a new mother, with a babe in her arms. She can have mistletoe sprigs if desired.|
|Imbolc||Dress dolly like a bride, with a bouquet. Give her a veil and hang nuts with white ribbons around her arms. She is waiting for the maturity of the God.|
|Ostara||Keep veil to represent virginity, but give her seasonal-colored flowers or an egg.|
|Beltane||Remove the veil and hang more nuts on her arms for fertility. Bedeck with red and white ribbons.|
|Litha||Same as Beltane, except replace the red and white ribbons with shells, fake butterflies, or other midsummer symbols, as she is a wife. If she wears a dress, use a nut to make her slightly pregnant.|
|Lughnasadh/Lammas||Give her seasonal fruits to hold, and drape with sunflowers. She should be more obviously pregnant.|
|Mabon||She can hold pine cones and fallen leaves, and be bedecked with ivy or brown vines. She should be more obviously pregnant.|
|Samhain||She can hold a broom and wear a black veil. Her husband is dead, but she is pregnant with her next future husband.|