Minus Tide of -0.8 feet at 9:41 PM
It’s grey, but dry, this morning. The sky is solidly covered with cloud and to someone who is still very sleepy, it’s way chilly. 50F and no wind. The rain is moving in late this afternoon, but we’re supposed to have a dry, sunny Saturday.
Yesterday was long. We had a lot to do. Tempus was mostly horsing boxes to storage. I don’t feel like I got much done, probably because I don’t have any idea of what I worked on, except doing a trial run on quiche (that worked *very* well!). Sewing that happened was just me and then Tempus headed out for the paper route and I tried to do some writing….and eventually, after a major mistake that almost lost me 2 month’s work, I gave up and just read and played. He picked me up around 3am and we got home not long after 5.
We almost overslept this morning and were a couple of minutes late. There was a note on the door and our Shoyeido order went to the salon next door, but I’m going to unpack it right away! We have White Cloud and Five Hills! I also got a little of the granulated incense, the no-smoke variety.
Today is more of the same as we’ve been doing, although I’m hoping that the lathe and bench will *finally* make it to the back of the shop.
Featured photo is 11/21/15 North Fork Yachats River by Ken Gagne
More about Tesla here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla
So, the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then willflower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
Feast of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars, ancient Persia – Approximately on this day was a festival in honour of the Persian and Armenian goddess Ardvi Sura (‘undefiled, immaculate, or mighty, blameless’), one of the names of Anahita, known as the Mother of the Stars, goddess of heavenly waters; Iranian version of Astarte/Ishtar. In the Christian tradition she is a cognate of Mary, Stella Maris. (Stella Maris means “Star of the Sea” i.e. the planet Venus.) I’ve often wondered if her name is the origin of the Wiccan Star Goddess. More and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aredvi_Sura_Anahita
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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.
A day later, Venus is already well past the top star of the Sagittarius Teapot. Look carefully at Venus as twilight ends. This evening it’s only ½° from 3rd-magnitude Lambda Sagittarii, the lid star of the Sagittarius Teapot.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, in early evening. Info and finder charts
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
F 18 High 3:24 AM 7.5 7:17 AM Set 11:21 AM 85
~ 18 Low 8:55 AM 2.8 4:46 PM Rise 9:23 PM
~ 18 High 2:41 PM 8.4
~ 18 Low 9:41 PM -0.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Someday, we’ll forget the pains, who caused the tears, and why we cried. We would finally realize that the secret of being free is not revenge but letting things unfold in their own ways…
~ Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain
~ The quiet hour of prayer is one of the most favorable opportunities he has in which to speak to us seriously. In quietude and solitude before the face of God our souls can hear better than at any other time. – O. Hallesby
~ Don’t bother about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance and determination. – Sir Frederick Treves (1853-1923) English Surgeon
~ If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment of knowledge always pays the best interest. – Benjamin Franklin
Motown, Arsenal of Democracy by Marge Piercy, from The Crooked Inheritance. © Alfred A. Knopf. Reprinted with permission.
Motown, Arsenal of Democracy
Fog used to bloom off the distant river
turning our streets strange, elongating
sounds and muffling others. The crack
of a gunshot softened.
The sky at night was a dull red:
a bonfire built of old creosote soaked
logs by the railroad tracks. A red
almost pink painted by factories—
that never stopped their roar
like traffic in canyons of New York.
But stop they did and fell down
ending dangerous jobs that paid.
We believed in our unions like some
trust in their priests. We believed
in Friday paychecks sure as
winter’s ice curb-to-curb
where older boys could play
pucks, sticks cracking wood
on wood. A man came home
with a new car and other men
would collect around it like ants
in sugar. Women clumped for showers—
wedding and baby—wakes, funerals
care for the man brought home
with a hole ripped in him, children
coughing. We all coughed in Detroit.
We woke at dawn to my father’s hack.
That world is gone as a tableau
of wagon trains. Expressways carved
neighborhoods to shreds. Rich men
moved jobs south, then overseas.
Only the old anger lives there
bubbling up like chemicals dumped
seething now into the water
building now into the bones.
Construction Paper Turkey Decorations
Make turkey decorations from construction paper or fun foam – not your typical trace your hand turkey design!
You need a total of 3 hand shaped pieces One gourd shaped think small round on the top of a fat bottom round (like a number 8)
yellow or brown pipe cleaners
Use the gourd shape for the birds body and on each side attach one hand for the feathers – then the 3rd hand on the bottom (large end of gourd.)
Use the colored craft feathers behind the head, wings, and bottom.
Make spiral shapes for the 2 legs out of pipe cleaners (wrap around a pencil)
Make feet to attach at the end of the pipe cleaner – like 3 rounded toes,
Make beak- think v shape with rounded top.
Attach wiggle eyes close together at the top of beak.
You can embellish further if desired by adding a stick under the feet so he looks like he’s standing on a perch – and ribbons to the end of the stick to go up to a point above the head for a hanger.
Assemble with white glue.
Almost any age kids can do this – you may need to do some of the cutting if they can’t; or purchase pre-cut hand pieces from craft stores (but that’s not too thrifty).
Fun foam is firmer than construction paper, but either will work.
You could even use fabric scraps but it would need to be glued to a backing like cardboard.
By Mary S
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Paper Cup Gobblers
(These will make parents crazy, but kids love them)
Use a yellow paper cup – not the small size but coffee size or larger.
With the cup upside down – use colored paper or construction paper to make a beak and the red thingy on its head.
Use black marker or wiggly eyes.
Then take kite string, or other natural fiber string (not nylon or twine) cut about 16″ depending on the size of your cup. Tape it inside on the center of the bottom of the cup so when you hold up your gobbler the cup is upside down and the string is hanging down around 8-10″ or so.
Now, wet the string slightly and wet your fingers – pull your fingers down the string and your gobbler will gobble.
By Mary S
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