I didn’t feel at all well yesterday, not sure why, so I just put my head down and slogged through writing. I got one paper (the long one) done, through a full doggie draft state (the “rough, rough, rough version”) and another almost there by suppertime. The third one is well underway, now that I have a few pictures.
Today, well, I’m heading in to the ER as soon as Tempus gets back. I’m having the symptoms of a gall bladder thing. Sorry this is so short, but I’m having trouble thinking. Hopefully, I’ll get this sorted out soonest.
From 1910. This is the lighthouse on Yaquina Head that is visible from all over. It was *supposed* to have been built on Cape Foulweather, but there were so many problems with getting the supplies up there, that they moved it farther south.
Today’s Plant is Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus. It is often called Carnation, just like others of the dianthus species and I’ve seen it mis-named “phlox” on plant tags at Fred Meyer’s. The difference is the scent. It still has a sweet scent, but not of clove, like gillyflower, or no scent, like phlox. The flowers are edible and attract butterflies and bees, and the seeds will draw birds, who sometimes will also go after the flowers. They’re good as cut flowers, loasting a decent while, being tall, and a cluster, rather than multiple stems. Cate Middleton had them in her bouquet as a nice touch when she married her “Sweet William”. They have the meaning of “Gallentry”. – Masculine, Sun, Air, Venus – All-purpose protection, in healing for strength and energy. Magickally it is very similar to Gillyflowers.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_william
Day of Kukulkan (Quetzalcoatl); Mayan Kukulkan – Mayan God from whom the Aztec Quetzalcoatl is derived. – Source of date: The Phoenix and Arabeth 1992 Calendar. The feathered serpent is a major god of the Maya. The symbols date back at least 2000 years, but we don’t really know the forms of the worship. So much was destroyed! More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzalcoatl
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Love & Light,
Waxing Moon Magick – The waxing moon is for constructive magick, such as love, wealth, success, courage, friendship, luck or healthy, protection, divination. Any working that needs extra power, such as help finding a new job or healings for serious conditions, can be done now. Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. Phase ends on 11/25 at 2:4pm. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/24 at 2:44am.
Before dawn tomorrow morning, look east for bright Jupiter and brighter Venus. Between them is little orange Mars. Look carefully; very close to Mars is the 4th-magnitude star Eta Virginis. The two may appear less than 0.1° apart depending on where you are. If Mars seems to be awfully slow to brighten as it moves higher in the dawn this season, that’s because it’s at the aphelion of its orbit, its farthest from the Sun — exactly so yesterday.
After dark these nights, Altair is the brightest star in the west-southwest. Look upper left of it, by barely more than a fist at arm’s length, for the delicate little constellation Delphinus, the Dolphin. To Altair’s upper right by a lesser distance is little Sagitta, the Arrow.
Mercury is hidden in superior conjunction with the Sun.
Goddess Month of Cailleach/Samhain runs from 10/31 – 11/27
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ngetal/Reed Oct 28 – Nov 24
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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. Runic half-month of Isa/ Is November 28-12 Literally, ‘ice’: a static period. The time of waiting before birth. Nigel Pennick, The Pagan Book of Days, Destiny Books, Rochester, Vermont, USA, 1992, 1992
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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
Sa 21 Low 1:38 AM 1.2 7:20 AM Set 1:59 AM 67
~ 21 High 8:10 AM 7.9 4:44 PM Rise 2:27 PM
~ 21 Low 2:46 PM 1.3
~ 21 High 8:38 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Make this a grace-filled day!
Journal Prompt – What does this quote say to you? – Quotations- Anne Frank wrote in her diary, “I don’t think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains.” (NOTE: students may not be familiar with Anne Frank, or with the Holocaust. This prompt may best be used after a discussion of the events of World War II.) List the things you think are the most beautiful in your life. Do beautiful things help you to forget some of life’s misery”? Explain.
~ Who gossips with you will gossip of you. – Irish Proverb
~ A generous attitude is a balm to the soul. – T. Thorn Coyle: Know Thyself
~ I don’t need a lot of money. Simplicity is the answer for me. – Linda Eastman McCartney (1942-1998) US photographer
~ Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. – Marcus Aurelius
I used to draw pictures of blank faces,
Everything else had detail…
I didn’t want to see the face
Of the man standing in the doorway.
Now I am grown,
And draw women wearing hoods.
My face isn’t blank though,
I have personality and passion.
But I hide, wear layers.
Someone told me I had so many layers
That it was like thick towels.
Oh, yes I do. Empaths have to.
I hide my sexuality with fat
I block the memories unconsciously;
There is no body,
There is only the mind inside.
I try to stay out of the dark tunnel
That spirals into scary places,
But a part of me stays there…
And the only way to really live
Is to love myself enough
To be willing to let myself survive,
And to love the Goddess enough
To let Her lead me into the Light. – © Copyright 1/23/08, Beth Clare Johnson, (Mystic Raven)
Did you know?
Thanksgiving Day legal holiday – observed annually in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, Thanksgiving falls on the second Monday in October. Most people celebrate Thanksgiving by gathering with family or friends for a holiday feast. Thanksgiving was first celebrated by Pilgrims and Native Americans in colonial New England in the early 17th century.
Did you know?
Not a lot is really known about the “First Thanksgiving” and what was served there. (Remember, to the pilgrims “corn” was what we know as wheat.) This is a journal entry; one of the few available references about the day.
“Our corn did prove well, and, God be praised, we had a good increase of Indian corn, and our barley indifferent good, but our pease not worth the gathering, for we feared they were too late sown, They came up very well, and blossomed, but the sun parched them in the blossom.
Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors. They four in one day killed as much fowl as, with a little help beside, served the company almost a week. At which time, among other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed upon our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.”
E.W., Plymouth, in New England, this 11th of December, 1621. in A RELATION OR Iournal of the beginning and proceedings of the English Plantation settled at Plimoth in NEW ENGLAND, by certaine English Aduenturers both Merchants and others. LONDON,Printed for Iohn Bellamie,..1622. pp. 60-61.
Did you know?
The original Mayflower Compact no longer exists. What does exist is a handwritten copy of the Compact made by Mayflower passenger and Plymouth Colony governor William Bradford, made about 1630 in his manuscript history Of Plymouth Plantation. See a copy at: http://members.aol.com/mayfloweb/compact.html
Here’s the “translation” to modern words:
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereigne Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne Parts of Virginia; doe, by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civill Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equall Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the Generall Good of the Colonie; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.
In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Raigne of our Sovereigne Lord, King James of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland, the fiftie-fourth, Anno. Domini, 1620. http://w3.one.net/~mweiler/ushda/maycomp.htm