First Minus Tide of the cycle at 4:35 PM of -0.4 feet. Just at sunset. Be careful!
I got home from the hospital this afternoon. I’m still kinda doped. I had a big gallstone, so they got it out. I hurt. Hopefully there will be a regular newsletter tomorrow.
Wonder what happened to the dinosaurs? This is a baby Blue Heron! https://imgur.com/QAaLgbr
Today’s Plant is Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris. One of the Nine Herbs of the old Anglo-Saxon charm, this herb has many different uses from insect-repelling to flavoring beer. It’s a bad one for pregnant women to ingest since it can induce abortion, since it’s a mild poison, but it’s used as a medicinal for various complaints and as a food. Some of the traditional folk uses are: magical protection, to repel insects, especially moths, from gardens.,
as a remedy against fatigue, to protect travelers against evil spirits and wild animals. Feminine, Venus, Air/Earth – Magical uses: Clairvoyance, psychic dreams, astral projection, protection, strength. Place in the shoes for protection and to prevent fatigue on long journeys. The fresh leaves rubbed on a magick mirror or crystal ball will strengthen divinatory abilities. Mugwort is perhaps the most widely used Witches’ herb of all time. I love this drawing of it, because you can clearly see the differences between it and the other artemisias, like sagebrush or wormwood…. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nine_Herbs_Charm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mugwort–
The first recorded strike took place among pyramid labourers, Egypt, November 23, 1170 BCE. They were striking over not having a living wage. Has anything changed? This probably was Khendjer’s pyramid in Saqquara, but I don’t have a lot more info. This pyramidon (the top stone on a pyramid) is from his pyramid.
They say the Pharaohs built the pyramids.
Do you think one Pharaoh dropped one bead of sweat?
We built the pyramids for the Pharaohs
and we’re building for them yet. – Anna Louise Strong
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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.
Look above or upper left of the gibbous Moon this evening for the two leading stars of <<< Aries. Farther left of the Moon is the Pleiades cluster with Aldebaran down below it. Much farther left shines bright Capella. The full Moon shines in the Hyades near Aldebaran (for North America) the night before Thanksgiving.
Saturn is lost in the glow of sunset.
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
M 23 Low 3:33 AM 1.6 7:23 AM Set 4:25 AM 86
~ 23 High 9:45 AM 8.9 4:43 PM Rise 3:39 PM
~ 23 Low 4:35 PM -0.4
~ 23 High 10:47 PM 7.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The height of your accomplishments will equal the depth of your convictions.
~ Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely. – Karen Kaiser Clark
~ Action is the foundational key to all success. – Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Spanish artist
~ The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. – William Morris
~ Beauty is the greatest seducer of man. – Paulo Coelho
Beginners – Dedicated to the memory of Karen Silkwood and Eliot Gralla
“From too much love of living,
Hope and desire set free,
Even the weariest river
Winds somewhere to the sea—“
But we have only begun
To love the earth.
We have only begun
To imagine the fullness of life.
How could we tire of hope?
— so much is in bud.
How can desire fail?
— we have only begun
to imagine justice and mercy,
only begun to envision
how it might be
to live as siblings with beast and flower,
not as oppressors.
Surely our river
cannot already be hastening
into the sea of nonbeing?
Surely it cannot
drag, in the silt,
all that is innocent?
Not yet, not yet—
there is too much broken
that must be mended,
too much hurt we have done to each other
that cannot yet be forgiven.
We have only begun to know
the power that is in us if we would join
our solitudes in the communion of struggle.
So much is unfolding that must
complete its gesture,
so much is in bud. – Denise Levertov (Candles in Babylon)
The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway~
Thanksgiving comes again!
Family Tradition – by Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2004
Sparkling crystal dishes
filled with chocolates
and sweet things.
Warm smells and giggles
coming from the kitchen.
Families and friends
gather round tables
sharing their hearts
in the meals
they carry forward
an ancient tradition
of love shared
the length of generations. – Submitted By Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2004
17th Century Riddle
I am called by the name of man, yet am as little as the mouse, when winter comes, I love to be, with my red gorget near the house.
NOTE: A gorget is a piece of armor protecting the throat, or an ornamental collar — such as the scarf-like part of a wimple covering (head covering worn by some nuns) the neck and shoulders.
Answer – Robin Redbreast
Silliness – Darla’s Doctor’s Visit
A woman takes her 16-year-old daughter to the doctor.
The doctor says, “Okay, Mrs. Jones, what’s the problem?”
The mother says, “It’s my daughter Darla. She keeps getting these cravings, she’s putting on weight, and is sick most mornings.”
The doctor gives Darla a good examination, then turns to the mother and says, “Well, I don’t know how to tell you this, but your Darla is pregnant – about 4 months, would be my guess.”
The mother says, “Pregnant?! She can’t be, she has never ever been left alone with a man! Have you, Darla?”
Darla says, “No mother! I’ve never even kissed a man!”
The doctor walked over to the window and just stares out of it.
About five minutes pass and finally the mother says, “Is there something wrong out there doctor?”
The doctor replies, “No, not really, it’s just that the last time anything like this happened, a star appeared in the east and three wise men came over the hill. I’ll be darned if I’m going to miss it this time!”