Lighted House Count – 78
Minus Tide at 7:53 PM of -0.3 feet.
It’s a chilly morning with the occasional drippage and even more occasional ray of sunshine. I was out working in the garden this morning, weeding mostly, and it was sunny then, but now at the shop, it’s raining gently. That’s supposed to be today’s weather for the whole day, a 20% chance of rain, 46Flittle wind, and not very warm.
Yesterday started with me pretty tired, but getting a mid-day nap helped me get things done. I’m still tracking down photos for the pages associated with the new embroidery pamphlet. I also stitched up a pin pillow and worked on my pincushion filling which just needs to be mixed to be ready to use.
Tempus got a little time with the car yesterday, but couldn’t get the oil plug out. Otherwise it was all small chores. He made a nice supper, though, of mashed potatoes, ham and veg and earlier did french toast.
Today I’m going to try to get the mistletoe sprigs going. They’re going to be in a basket up front. I’ve got a lentil stew to make and a lot of clean and sort. Tempus is going to get back to work on the car.
For this month!
Sage, Salvia Officinalis, sometimes called true sage, or culinary sage, is a plant that has been used in cookery, magick and medicine for many thousands of years. It is one of the ingredients in Four Thieves Vinegar. The blossoms make a delicious tea. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air – In purple cloth, brings wisdom. Worn in an amulet sewn into a horn shape protects against the evil eye. Used as a wash, or sniffed, enhances youthful mindset and appearance. Eat sage in May for long life. Carry to promote wisdom. Write a wish on a sage leaf and sleep on it. If you dream of it, it will happen, else bury the leaf in the ground. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_officinalis
Today is the Feast of Poseidon, the god of the Ocean, Horses and Earthquakes. I often call the white spray that flies in sheets off the surf in the rain, “the Manes of Poseidon’s Horses”. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poseidon
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Love & Light,
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 12/13 at 4:06pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 12/3 at 4:18pm.
On what date will you first see the waxing crescent Moon? While the Moon is still low with Mercury, Venus helps to guide the way. (As always, the Moon is positioned for a skywatcher in the middle of North America. Its position may differ a bit for you.) Now the Moon, slightly thicker, hangs about 10° above Mercury low in the southwest in bright twilight.
On the evening of November 18th “we were treated to some phenomenal seeing conditions,” writes S&T‘s imaging editor Sean Walker, “though the humidity was so high my scope completely dewed over. Here is the one picture of Uranus I captured, showing the brighter north polar region at left.” Also note the hint of a white band on the right. Walker shot this image through a near-infrared (685-nm) filter. Uranus was 3.7 arcseconds wide.
Uranus (magnitude 5.7, in Pisces) and Neptune (magnitude 7.9, in Aquarius) are high in the southeast and south, respectively, shortly after dark. Info and finder charts.
Goddess Month of Astrea runs from 11/28 – 12/25
Celtic Tree Month of Ruis/Elder Nov 25 – Dec 22
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
©2016 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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).
Secret of the Unhewn Stone, Dec 23 – (This is the blank day in this calendar, the one day of the year that is not ruled by a tree and its corresponding Ogham alphabet character. Its name denotes the quality of potential in all things.)
Graves (1966) makes a case for an additional “blank” ogham, “the unhewn dolmen arch”, which he assigns to the mistletoe, a plant for which there is abundant evidence of its ritual importance to the Celts. There are two common mistletoes in Europe, both of which live as parasites on trees. The common mistletoe (Viscum album L.) parasitizes many tree species, including oaks in the western part of its range. It forms white berries between Samhain and Yule. The yellow-berried mistletoe (Loranthus europaeus L.) does not extend to western Europe. It is found primarily on oaks. It is most likely the “golden bough”, being more common in the eastern Mediterranean than the common mistletoe. The common mistletoe has been cultivated in North American for the Yule trade, and there are several native mistletoes in the genus Phoradendron. Mistletoes are in the Mistletoe family (Viscaceae).
Tides for Alsea Bay
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 1 High 1:48 AM 6.8 7:33 AM Rise 9:09 AM 1
~ 1 Low 7:09 AM 3.2 4:38 PM Set 6:50 PM
~ 1 High 12:51 PM 8.1
~ 1 Low 7:53 PM -0.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Friends live within my heart
~ Burn with the black flames of the Goddess Saturnine. The Mighty Dead wept tears of blood into her cauldron cup so that we can wear the dark feathered cloak of truth. Now we fly through the Abyss to weep the holy tears ourselves and burn. Blessed be and be blessed in return. – Christopher Penczak
~ Victory belongs to the most persevering. – Napoleon Bonaparte
~ An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it. – Jef Mallett
~ Even a newspaper man, if you entice him into a cemetery at midnight, will believe in phantoms, for every one is a visionary, if you scratch him deep enough. But the Celt is a visionary without the scratching. – W. B. Yeats, 1888
My observations were begun a little after midnight, and continued without interruption till sunrise. Over three thousand meteors were observed during this interval of time in the part of the sky visible from a northern window of my house. The maximum fall occurred between four and five o’clock, when they appeared at a mean rate of 15 in a minute.
In general, the falling stars were quite large, many being superior to Jupiter in brightness and apparent size, while a few even surpassed Venus, and were so brilliant that opaque objects cast a strong shadow during their flight. A great many left behind them a luminous train, which remained visible for more or less time after the nucleus had vanished. In general, these meteors appeared to move either in straight or slightly curved orbits; but quite a number among them exhibited very extraordinary motions. and followed very complicated paths. some of which were quite incomprehensible.
While some moved either in wavy or zig-zag lines, strongly accentuated, others, after moving for a time in a straight line, gradually changed their course, curving upward or downward, thus moving in a new direction. Several among them, which were apparently moving in a straight line with great rapidity, suddenly altered their course, starting at an abrupt angle in another direction, with no apparent slackening in their motion. – Étienne Léopold Trouvelot (1827 – ’95), astronomer; The November Meteors (As observed between midnight and 5 o’clock A.M., on the night of November 13 – 14, 1868, pp 116 – 117
Now in deep midwinter all seems in a trance
Comes the golden Oak King in his age old dance
Comes he to slay, yet honor he does he bring
To his fallen brother the darksome Holly King.
In the bright midsummer the year’s wheel turned around
Then shall be the Oak King’s blood upon the ground
Ever it comes, once more the years waning
Then shall be victorious the Darksome Holly King.
Sing we of the Mystery now as long ago
Blood red holly berries, blood upon on the snow
The Oak king shall rise waxing year to bring
Therefore bid we farewell to the Holly king.
I am the Holly King! – Ravensgrove Coven
I am the Holly King, Lord of the Waning Year. You may know me as the Green Man or as the Winter King. I rule from Midsummer to Midwinter, and my reign culminates in the festivities of Yuletide. As the wren dies to make way for the robin, soon I will bow before my brother the Oak King. You will not see me again until the Sun once more begins to wane. As I prepare to withdraw into the deep midwinter, I contemplate the glowing light of the reborn Sun in my cup — and in this holy grail, I see visions and dreams of the year to come.
Carry a sprig of holly with you as my token. It will protect you against fierce winter storms, and will bestow upon you the focus, direction and courage you need to succeed in your own spiritual quest.
Fill your homes with holly this season! Deck the halls! My evergreen leaves and bright red berries, seen against the barren oaks of winter, will remind you of the Life that sustains us during the bitterest time of the year.” ~The Holly King~