Minus Tide at 5:23 PM of -1.1 feet.
44F and bright sunshine for the next set of days.
I’m still in pretty bad shape, but definitely better. I’m feeling enough better to realize how awful I feel! Not like before they did the operation though… Thank you all for the healing wishes and good thoughts sent my way. They’re helping. I think I’ll be able to get a better newsletter out tomorrow. I hope, anyway.
Today’s Plant is Oregon Ash, Fraxinus latifolia. “Ash before oak we’re in for a soak. Oak before ash we’re in for a splash” refers to a weather divination in England about spring rain and the leafing times of trees! Ash is a hardwood and is hard, dense, tough and very strong but elastic, great for making bows, , spears and drums as well as all kinds of furniture, even guitars and many of the early airplanes. It makes excellent firewood and has been used a lot for smoking meats.The bark can make a quinine substitute for fevers. The folk name for Ash is “Hoop Ash” , or “Nion” – (a rune name from the Irish Gaelic word Nionon which means heaven.) Elsewhere the ash and elm tree were known as the Widow Maker because the large boughs would often drop without warning. Witches were believed to fly on ash-handled broomsticks, while Viking ships were made of ash. In ancient Greece the Meliae were the ash nymphs and the dryads were the oak nymphs. Yggdrasil, the World Tree that supports the order of the Universe was an ash and humans were born from her branches. Odin hung on the tree to gain the knowledge of the Runes and therefore the ash tree is associated with communication. Ash trees have a sugary sap which may have been the basis of the Norse mead of inspiration. Ash Tree attracts lightening, so don’t stand under one during an electric storm. The ash fairy understands that problems are rarely solved on the level at which they were created. –Feminine – Sun & Neptune, Water & Fire – The “helicopter” seeds are used for traditional wish magicks. The Yule Log is traditionally of ash to bring the light of the Sun to the depths of winter and prosperity to the family. Wands and Staves (and traditionally the handle of the besom) made of this wood are good for healing, general and solar magic. The leaves attract love and prosperity. Sleep with them under your pillow and you will have psychic/prophetic dreams. Sleep with them in a bowl of water next to your bed to prevent illness. Wearing garters of green ash bark protects against the powers of magicians. Ash can heal children just by passing the child through a split in the tree’s trunk. It promotes strength, harmony, and a sense of being in tune with your surroundings. Ash is the key to healing the loneliness of the human spirit, forming a link between the gods, humans, and the dead in the spirit world. Ash holds the key to Universal Truth and Cosmic Wisdom, and it takes on the important role as a Tree of Initiation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraxinus_latifolia
Feast day of St John of the Cross – (Starry stapelia, Stapelia radiata, is today’s plant, dedicated to this saint.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stapelia this is one weird plant. The flowers small like rotting meat! This is also the guy that wrote the book, “The Dark Night of the Soul”. He was a poet and a reformer and ended up imprisoned and tortured by fellow monks!
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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 2:44pm. 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.
Full Moon – The day of the day before and day after the true Full Moon. “And better it be when the moon is full!”! Prime time for rituals for prophecy, for spells to come to fruition, infusing health and wholeness, etc. A good time for invoking deity. FRUITION Manifesting goals, nurturing, passion, healing, strength, power. Workings on this day are for protection, divination. “extra power”, job hunting, healing serious conditions Also, love, knowledge, legal undertakings, money and dreams. God/dess Aspect: Mother/Abundance/Kingship – – Associated God/desses: Danu, Cerridwen, Gaia, Aphrodite, Isis, Jupiter, Amon-Ra. Phase ends on 11/27 at 2:44am.
The almost-full Moon this evening shines not quite midway between the Pleiades to its left and Alpha Ceti (orange-tinted Menkar) to its right. Menkar is well off the edge of the scene here.
Algol is at minimum brightness, magnitude 3.4 instead of its usual 2.1, for a couple hours centered on 10:15 p.m. EST (per new predictions).
Uranus (magnitude +5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude +7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southern sky during early evening. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune
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
Ruis Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22 – Ruis – (RWEESH), elder – Celtic tree month of Ruis (Elder) commences (Nov 25 – Dec 22) – Like other Iron Age Europeans, the Celts were a polytheistic people prior to their conversion to (Celtic) Christianity. The Celts divided the year into 13 lunar cycles (months or moons). These were linked to specific sacred trees which gave each moon its name. Today commences the Celtic tree month of Elder.
Elder or Elderberry (Sambucus) is a genus of fast-growing shrubs or small trees in the family Caprifoliaceae. They bear bunches of small white or cream coloured flowers in the Spring, that are followed by bunches of small red, bluish or black berries. The berries are a very valuable food resource for many birds.
Common North American species include American Elder, Sambucus canadensis, in the east, and Blueberry Elder, Sambucus glauca, in the west; both have blue-black berries.
The common European species is the Common or Black Elder, Sambucus nigra, with black berries.
The common elder (Sambucus nigra L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (33 feet) in damp clearings, along the edge of woods, and especially near habitations. Elders are grown for their blackish berries, which are used for preserves and wine. The leaf scars have the shape of a crescent moon. Elder branches have a broad spongy pith in their centers, much like the marrow of long bones, and an elder branch stripped of its bark is very bone-like. The red elder (S. racemosa L.) is a similar plant at higher elevations; it grows to 5 m (15 feet). Red elder extends its native range to northern North America, and it is cultivated along with other native species, but common elders are seldom seen in cultivation. Elders are in the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae).
Ruis – Elder Ogam letter correspondences
Month: Makeup days of the thirteenth Moon
Meaning: End of a cycle or problem.
to study this month Straif – Blackthorn Ogam letter correspondences
Letter: SS, Z, ST
Meaning: Resentment; Confusion; Refusing to see the truth
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Tu 24 Low 4:25 AM 1.8 7:24 AM Set 5:39 AM 93
~ 24 High 10:30 AM 9.3 4:42 PM Rise 4:20 PM
~ 24 Low 5:23 PM -1.1
~ 24 High 11:42 PM 7.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Let your mind be as the horizon, forever expanding and rising.
~ At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings.” — J. Robert Moskin
~ A miracle worker isn’t geared toward fighting the world that is, but creating the world that could be. – Marianne Williamson
~ My life changed for the better the day I realized that when I gossiped, it ultimately hurt me much more than it hurt the person about whom I gossiped. – Bob Burg
~ Blood alone moves the wheels of history. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
I’ve watched your silhouette dance in Autumn moonlight’s grace
I heard you purr Bast’s incantations by Sekmhet’s roaring fire
As you dispatched phantom armies with paws in dreams embrace
And walked one last time in the path of feline empire
A…ghast I was, that stars poured forth in eye shine when you looked across space
Meowing my feeble life is through, but I’m not done
I’ve won, I’ve won …
And you pounced, you pounced on Azrael’s Mat
Raising one claw you waved in his face dire
I am the God of Cats
And my journey has just begun
Peace to you my brother and Peace to Caspian
Thanksgiving Blessing Snack Mix – * Each ingredient in this snack mix symbolizes something associated with Thanksgiving.
2 cups Bugles brand corn snacks – shaped as a cornucopia, a horn of plenty.
2 cups pretzels – represent arms folded in thanks and prayer.
1 cup candy corn – during the first winter, the Pilgrims were each alloted only 5 kernels of corn per day because food was so scarce.
1 cup dried or candy fruits – Thanksgiving is the celebration of the harvest.
1 cup peanuts or sunflower seeds – seeds represent the potential of a bounteous harvest for the next season if they are planted and well tended.
In a large bowl mix all ingredients together. Other ingredients such as dry cereals, candies, or marshmallows can also be added.
Make this mix as a family and eat while discussing each ingredient and how it relates to Thanksgiving. By Kathy
Turkey Sweet to Eat – (Parental supervision is recommended for youngsters.)
Note: As in all recipes, results can vary depending on humidity, conditions, type of microwave, etc.)
What You Need:
Bag of candy corn (beak and eyes)
Bag of caramel candy squares (body)
Bag of Dove chocolate (base/feet)
Bag of striped chocolate cookies (tail and feathers)
Thanksgiving cup cake liners
(Note: I’m sure there are other thick chocolates out there aside from Dove, but it’s the only one I happen to know. Feel free to substitute, but don’t use something too thin.)
How To Make It
- Unwrap a piece of Dove chocolate to use as the base of the turkey.
- Place on a microwavable plate.
- Unwrap a piece of caramel and stick on top of the Dove chocolate bar for the turkey’s body.
- Take a piece of candy corn and push down on top of the caramel (pointed end out). This makes the turkey’s beak.
- Take another piece of caramel and push down on top of the first caramel. This is the head of the turkey.
- Break off the little white ends of 2 candy corns and push in the top caramel for the eyes.
- Take one striped chocolate cookie and apply to the back of the body to form the feathers.
- Put the turkey in the microwave for a few seconds to about 8 seconds just so that the candy and cookie can fuse together. (Watch this! Not too much time or it will melt.)
- Place in freezer for a few minutes to help the turkey “set up” quicker.
- Serve in a Thanksgiving cupcake paper.
GRAHAM CRACKER TURKEYS – A “good for you” treat for the kids to help make.
1/4 cup unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 sliced banana
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 cup graham flour *
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. Baking soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
Turkey shaped cookie cutter
* Graham Flour is a kind of flour, just like the more common wheat flour. If you can’t find it in your supermarket, try calling health food stores.
- Combine apple juice, oil, banana, vanilla, and cinnamon in a blender.
- In a large bowl, mix together graham flour, whole-wheat flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Add apple juice mixture to flour mixture and stir thoroughly.
- Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out with turkey shaped cookie cutter.
- Use a fork to poke holes for eyes and feathers.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes.
Yield: Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies
Keep your Thanksgiving Celebration SAFE! Keep HOT foods HOT; COLD foods COLD!
Turkey Thawing Methods
Refrigerator thawing is recommended. However, if you are short on time and need a quicker method for thawing, submerge the turkey in cold water. Thawing turkey at room temperature allows bacterial growth and is not recommended.
Thaw breast side up in its unopened wrapper on a tray in the refrigerator. Allow at least one day of thawing for every four pounds of turkey. (NO KIDDING. I have a 40 pound turkey so I started last week!)
Cold Water Thawing:
Thaw breast side down in its unopened wrapper in cold water to cover.
Change the water every 30 minutes to keep surface cold. Estimate minimum thawing time to be 30 minutes per pound for whole turkey.
Within two hours after roasting, remove stuffing from turkey and carve the meat off the bones, then store in refrigerator or freezer.
Wrap turkey slices and stuffing separately, refrigerate and use within three days.
Use refrigerated gravy within three days.
Freeze leftovers if you plan to store them for a longer period of time. Wrap in heavy foil, freezer wrap or place in freezer container; for optimum taste, use stuffing within one month and turkey within two months.
Check out the turkey place: www.butterball.com They have “HOW TO” videos on how to handle that turkey.
Silliness – Quick Quotes – “Today is the 24th anniversary of the IBM personal computer. Experts say it revolutionized work and made people more productive at the office. Except for the six hours a day they are emailing friends, surfing the Internet, and playing solitaire!” –Jay Leno