It’s funny to watch, but as the sun goes in and out of the clouds the temperature on the computer is jumping up and down by about 3 degrees. The sky is covered with clouds that range from slate blue to dull white with just a hint of blue sky waaaaaaaaay east of the Coast Range. They’re thin enough that the sun comes through, but barely enough to cast shadows and then a lower cloud slides across and the temp drops and the shadows vanish. Tempus put a suet cake out for the crows and my entertainment. 🙂 It’s 62-65F, almost no wind, even down by the water and the computer is trying to tell me that there are no clouds up there… <sigh> Waterspout video. You can really see the odd structure of it clearly – https://www.wunderground.com/video?video=5953093597
Yesterday was a lot of fun! We had enough sleep for once because of the time change, although it threw us both off all day. Tempus started in back, scrubbing up more of the crystals and then cleaning off the work table, which finally happened by the end of the day, so that varnishing could, too. I got the new lip balm onto the counter.
The House Capuchin folks brought sewing, learned how to make biscornu, sorted fabrics, varnished toys and such, sanded a lot of wood and finished up with sampling the strawberry cordial with a bunch of vanilla cream!
After everyone left I got some more photos and Tempus made French toast for supper, which was delicious, although he told me that he hadn’t expected me to know that he had everything for it, since he had brought it “syrup-titiously”. <groan>
Today Tempus is going to try to get the other storage unit and start working on that part of things. I have to do some varnishing and working on more of the new stock. <grin> The crow is trying to stand off a batch of seagulls, but not managing it…. At least they haven’t walked the whole thing out of sight.
Bald eagle and his lunch. Photo by Mark Nessel 11/6/15
Today’s plant – Maidenhair Fern is cultivated for use in gardens, but out here on the coast you can’t walk past a stand of trees without seeing it. Our variety is Adiantum Pedatum, (northern maidenhair, five-fingered fern) most often , but others of the aidantums get mixed in, too. –Feminine, Venus, Water – This represents the physical presence of the Divine Feminine, much as the Sword Fern represents the Divine Masculine. To get more in touch with this part of your Higher Self and to gain grace and physical beauty (always remembering that true beauty is from within) soak a sprig of this plant in water (…better by moonlight, and it’s a great ritual for a Full Moon) and hang it in your bedroom. This is also helpful for the transition times between life stages, and can even help with becoming pregnant if there are physical difficulties with a woman’s cycles. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiantum_pedatum and on the family grouping here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maidenhair_fern
From Wikpedia – In Hawaiian mythology, the deity Lono is associated with fertility, agriculture, rainfall, and music. In one of the many Hawaiian legends of Lono, he is a fertility and music god who descended to Earth on a rainbow to marry Laka. In agricultural and planting traditions, Lono was identified with rain and food plants. He was one of the four gods (with Kū, Kāne, and Kāne’s twin brother Kanaloa) who existed before the world was created. Lono was also the god of peace. In his honor, the great annual festival of the Makahiki was held. During this period (from October through February), war and unnecessary work was kapu (forbidden). In Hawaiian weather terminology, the winter Kona storms that bring rain to leeward areas are associated with Lono. Lono brings on the rains and dispenses fertility, and as such was sometimes referred to as Lono-makua (Lono the Provider). Ceremonies went through a monthly and yearly cycle. For 8 months of the year, the luakini was dedicated to Ku-with strict kapus. Four periods (kapu pule) each month required strict ceremonies. Violators could have their property seized by priests or overlord chiefs, or be sentenced to death for serious breaches. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lono
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Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 at the Tide Change on 11/14 at 5:52am. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/7 at 11:51am. 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 11/12 at 5:52pm.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 2:51 p.m. EST). The Moon shines in the south at dusk, just above dim Capricornus. Mars is now far to its lower right. Altair is twice as far to the Moon’s upper right.
Mars (magnitude +0.4) still glows in the south-southwest at dusk, about 35° upper left of Venus. In a telescope, Mars has shrunk to a mere 7 arcseconds in diameter.
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 – “Need-fire” – Time to prepare for winter. Consciousness is the Necessity. “That which does not destroy me makes me stronger.” – Nietzsche
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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
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
M 7 High 6:08 AM 6.3 7:03 AM Rise 1:18 PM 39
~ 7 Low 11:45 AM 3.6 4:57 PM Set 11:50 PM
~ 7 High 5:12 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.
Why is it…? – Why is it important to be honest?
~ If the truth isn’t enough, then you must become stronger at presenting it. – Jim Rohn
~ Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes” – William Gibson
~ Be like the full moon: reflect upon the world while remaining detached from it. – Tao Oracle
~ He is happiest who finds peace in his home. – Goethe
Now the autumn days are gone
Frost is sparkling on the lawn,
Windows winking cheerful lights
Warm the cold November nights. – Anon.
Prayer of Thanksgiving for Surprises
For a friend’s unexpected call,
for a letter unforeseen,
for the sunlight bursting through thick clouds,
for a porpoise frolicking in the water,
for seals basking in the sun,
for an invitation to dinner on a lonely eve,
for a request to “come along”;
for all the wonderful surprises of life
we give you thanks, O God of joy. Amen. – Vienna Cobb Anderson – Appropriate for many faiths – source: Adapted from “Prayers of Our Hearts” © 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson. Reprinted with the permission of the author.
Extra Thanksgiving Ritual
Consider having an extra Thanks-giving dinner this year, a little earlier than usual. After all, turkey is available year round, and think of all those special foods that are too good to only eat once a year: sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and so on. You know you want to, so go ahead; and get started with my stuffing recipe
1 or 2 small onions
2 to 3 stalks of celery
2 tblsps canola oil
1 peeled, cored and finely
2 tblsps powdered sage
2 tsps thyme
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups of cubed, stale bread
Chop the onions and stalks of celery, and saute them in the oil. When they are soft, add the apple. Add the sage, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste, and sauté a few minutes longer. Add the cubed stale bread, and stuff the whole into a twelve-pound turkey. )0( Magenta Griffith )0( GrannyMoons’s Morning Feast
We Gather Together – Before eating this Thanksgiving, sing this Thanksgiving prayer:
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
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Silliness – Jail Mail
A prisoner in jail receives a letter from his wife: “Dear Husband, I have decided to plant some lettuce in the back garden. When is the best time to plant them?”
The prisoner, knowing that the prison guards read all mail, replied in a letter: “Dear Wife, whatever you do, do not touch the back garden. That is where I hid all the money.”
A week or so later, he received another letter from his wife: “Dear Husband, You wouldn’t believe what happened, some men came with shovels to the house, and dug up all the back garden.”
The prisoner wrote another letter back: “Dear wife, now is the best time to plant the lettuce.”