“If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes!” That’s been today, although the wind has been constant. It goes from heavy rain, to occasional spits to bright sunshine and back again. There are chunks of blue sky, but they get covered by low, racing cloud. It’s chilly, too. 52F when it’s been in the 60’s and the wind seems to blow it right through jackets. Gusts are hitting the upper teens and more on the beaches. There’s starting to be snow in the mountains, but not much, yet.
Yesterday was a tiring day. A lot of sorting happened and Tempus worked up in storage, getting more stuff in and packed to stay for a bit. I was trying to put a dent in the heaps in the office space so I can actually get some more shop stock sorted out.
Late in the afternoon I was fading, and then class folks all showed up early, so we went on until nearly 11pm doing another 1/3rd of the history section of Lesson One. Right in the middle of class we took a break for everyone to sit and chat and I got a double batch of pies made for folks to snack on. One of the students also brought a pineapple upside down cake to share. Noms!
A picture by Ken Gagne of pelicans and spindrift, from 11/14/15.
I harvested the last of this perennial plant earlier in the week. Today’s Plant is Lovage, levisticum officinale. It seems to have originated somewhere near the eastern Mediterranean and has been cultivated for a long while, being a very useful plant. It has a strong, long-lasting scent, that reminds a person of celery and parsley, but with the volume turned up. It’s great in salads, but chop it small and mix with other greens or it overpowers! Both leaf and seed are great in soups, especially seafood chowders and the roots can be eaten as a vegetable. I’ve drunk lovage cordial, which is tasty. It has a high flavonoid content, as well. Medicinally, a strong leaf tea, iced, is a good antiseptic, especially for extensive scrapes, where it takes down the sting and swelling very quickly and can be splashed on as often as needed. It can be used for mild cases of water retention, as well, and even with high blood pressure. – Masculine, Sun, Fire – This herb is often used in love magicks, but works best as a self-confidence enhancer. Take a bath with a sachet of the leaves, or make a strong tea that you toss into the bathwater before going out to meet new people or to start a new job. It also helps to squeeze a small sachet of the leaves if you’re having trouble concentrating on a task. Wiki has more:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovage
Shichi-Go-San (Shichigosan; (7-5-3) ceremony, Japan
Shich-Go-San literally means ‘seven-five-three’; the ceremony is performed in families who have daughters of seven, sons of five, and sons and daughters of three years of age. The children are taken to shrines to drive out evil spirits and receive the blessings of the deities. It’s one of the few occasions these days on which Japanese women wear the kimono. Chitoseame, literally ‘thousand year candy’, is given to children on Shichi-Go-San. Chitoseame is long, thin, red and white candy, which symbolizes and ensures healthy growth and longevity. It is given in a bag with a crane and a turtle on it, which are also symbols of long life, as well as pines, bamboo and ume. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shichi-Go-San
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 11/25 at 5:52pm. Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 11/29 at 4:18am. Waning Gibbous Moon – Best time for draining the energy behind illness, habits or addictions. Magicks of this sort, started now, should be ended before the phase change to the New Moon. – Associated God/dess: Hera/Hero, Cybele, Zeus the Conqueror, Mars/Martius, Anansi, Prometheus. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/21 at12:33am.
Jupiter is getting higher every morning, with Spica following behind. Jupiter (magnitude –1.7) shines brightly in the east-southeast before and during dawn, as shown here. Look for Spica about 11° under it.
The Moon, just past full, has now stepped to the lower left of Aldebaran.
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 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
Tu 15 High 12:44 AM 7.7 7:13 AM Set 8:17 AM 99
~ 15 Low 6:20 AM 1.8 4:48 PM Rise 6:22 PM
~ 15 High 12:16 PM 9.6
~ 15 Low 7:11 PM -1.7
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – I am willing to do all that the Mother lets me know needs to be done. Attachment to other aims leads to frustration.
~ Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice. – Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) Dutch philosopher
~ In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments. – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President (19)
~ Their rage supplies them with weapons. – Virgil
~ Nature never goes out of style. – Author Unknown
Yellow and brown
The leaves are falling
Over the town. – Anon.
In honor of the Roman festival Vinalia Rustica, this is a day to feast and drink good wine or grape juice. Put on a green tablecloth, and create an altar centerpiece with grapes and white candles. Carve symbols for money and prosperity into the sides of the candles. As you light them, see these energies flowing to you. Visualize your bank account growing and never having to worry about money again. Before feasting, toast Dionysus and Bacchus. Give thanks to ancient Roman gods Pomona and Vertumnus, and ask for their blessings. Dig in, and fully enjoy your feast. ~ Kristin Madden – From The Morning Feast Archives – Crone’s Corner – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Crones_Corner/
Chili and Chocolate Spell – March 23rd, 2007
Color of the day: Rose – Incense of the day: Evergreen
Relish the good things in life. Today is the perfect day to stir up a little passion and recognize that you deserve the very best! So pick up a fabulously rich chocolate brownie mix and some mild red chili powder. Make the brownies according to the manufacturer’s directions but add about a teaspoon of red chili powder to the mix. Bake as directed and let them cool a bit before indulging your body and mind on the exceptionally sensual warmth of these little treats. With each bite, allow your senses to fully experience the tastes and textures. As these fill you with good feelings, say to yourself:
I am a sensual, loving being. I deserve to give and receive pleasure and love. I give thanks for/call to me the friends and lovers that share in the passion and honor of my spirit. By: Kristin Madden
Moonbeam Spell – January 7th, 2008
Color of the day: Gray – Incense of the day: Hyssop
Breathe into relaxation and imagine that you are standing outside under the Moon. Notice the phase of the Moon. Is it full, dark, or crescent? Is it waning or waxing? Feel the light of the Moon on your body as it begins to sink into your skin, filling your being. Give thanks for the presence of the Moon and its energy. Allow the experience to unfold as it will, trusting that you will learn what you need to at this time. You may meet with a god or goddess of the Moon. You may be drawn up to the Moon itself or ride the moonbeams to another world. When you feel you have received what you will in this session, thank those present for their guidance and return to your physical body. By: Kristin Madden
Silliness – A Further Danger of Cloning
A scientist, on hearing the miracles of cloned sheep, decided to ignore all warnings and clone himself. Soon he would have another him; doubling his work capacity and providing company on those all-night research binges.
But a problem developed. His new double looked just like him, sounded just like him, and acted just like him; but whenever he spoke a pure stream of filthy language spewed forth.
The terrible twin talked such a blue streak he made dead sailors blush.
Soon, the scientist could take it no more. He lured his lewd lookalike to an ocean cliff, crept up behind him and pushed his dirty doppelganger over the edge.
He stayed just long enough to see the rude replica disappear into the surf, then slipped quietly home, free at last!
But he didn’t get away with it. The whole thing had been seen by neighbors.
Eventually he was arrested and charged with making an obscene clone fall.