Where the sky is not covered by clouds, it’s very blue, but that’s only small pieces of it. There’s no chance of rain until Friday night, but we got 2/10’s of an inch in that short while this morning. It’s 64F and feels too warm for November. There’s just a light breeze, even by the water and the air is full of mist.
I got my election cake made. It was tasty. I sauteed the mushrooms. Not sure what to think about them…. I got a bit more done on the crystals….. Other than that I got obsessed with listening to the train wreck…. but eventually Tempus and I headed back to the apartment and I dove into a book.
Tempus got a lot done. He’s transferring stuff from the small unit to the new larger one, so we have two in the same space. The papers ran late last night and he only got in at 7am, so we’re getting started late today. I have to set up newsletters and do some work on the cooking supplies and tools. Other than that….
Wonderful Election Cake article and recipe! For next time? http://nourishedkitchen.com/election-cake-a-touch-of-american-culinary-history/
Good article on the upcoming Supermoon – http://www.almanac.com/blog/astronomy/astronomy/most-super-supermoon
I’ve often heard people talk about “beach thistle”, but Sea Holly, Eryngium maritimum isn’t one… a thistle, that is…. It’s actually related to carrots. The young shoots can be blanched and eaten like asparagus and the roots (which can get up to 20 feet long!!!!) are peeled, boiled and cut, then braided and candied. Prepared thus they are a good cough and cold remedy. The roots can also be boiled or roasted as well and are very nutritious. It is native to Europe, but going extinct in certain areas. – Masculine, Fire, Venus – This plant is an aphrodisiac, pure and simple.
Night of Nicnevin (Gyre-Carling), – Scots Pagan festival honours an aspect of the goddess Diana. She rides with her entourage in the night hours of November 9-10. Nicnevin, who rode through the night with her followers “at the hinder end of harvest, on old Hallowe’en”, as an old Scots poet describes it, made herself visible to mortals on this night. Nicnevin is possibly an anglicization of Nic an Neamhain or Nigh Nemhain, ‘Daughter of Frenzy,’ an aspect of the triple Morrigan (Mórrígan). More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicnevin
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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 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.
Happy 82nd birthday, Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996). If only.
Saturn (magnitude +0.5) glimmers low in the southwest, to the right or lower right of Venus as twilight fades. It’s 7° from Venus on November 4th and 11° from it a week later.
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
W 9 Low 1:13 AM 1.2 7:05 AM Set 12:56 AM 60
~ 9 High 7:55 AM 7.0 4:55 PM Rise 2:28 PM
~ 9 Low 2:10 PM 2.5
~ 9 High 7:48 PM 6.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – By attending to my heart’s needs, I live a fulfilled life
~ A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal. – Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish writer and wit
~ The greatest people will be those who possess the best capacities, cultivated with the best habits. – James Harris
~ In summer, the song sings itself. – William Carlos Williams
~ If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual. – Frank Herbert (1920-1986) US writer
Dark comes soon.
We turn on the lights
In the afternoon. – Anon.
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
Turkey Day Bits 1
Did You Know?
The Algonkian tribes held six thanksgiving festivals during the year. The beginning of the Algonkian year was marked by the Maple Dance which gave thanks to the Creator for the maple tree and its syrup. This ceremony occurred when the weather was warm enough for the sap to run in the maple trees, sometimes as early as February. Second was the planting feast, where the seeds were blessed. The strawberry festival was next, celebrating the first fruits of the season. Summer brought the green corn festival to give thanks for the ripening corn. In late fall, the harvest festival gave thanks for the food they had grown. Mid-winter was the last ceremony of the old year. When the Indians sat down to the “first Thanksgiving” with the Pilgrims, it was really the fifth thanksgiving of the year for them!
Did You Know?
Many of the images commonly associated with Thanksgiving are derived from much older traditions of celebrating the autumn harvest. For example, the cornucopia (a horn-shaped basket overflowing with fruits and vegetables) is a typical emblem of Thanksgiving abundance that dates to ancient harvest festivals.
Many communities also decorate their churches with fruits, flowers, and vegetables at Thanksgiving, much as European communities have for centuries during the autumn harvest season.
In keeping with the idea of celebrating a plentiful harvest, preparing and eating a large meal is a central part of most Thanksgiving celebrations. Thanksgiving menus usually include turkey, bread-crumb stuffing, cranberry sauce, squash, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
Did You Know?
The estimate of the number of turkeys raised in the United States during 2001 was 270 million. That’s no change from 2000. In 2000, the turkeys produced weighed 7 billion pounds altogether and were valued at $2.8 billion.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving that’s one sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year.