Rather large weather we’re having! Thrashing trees, and bucketing rain…. the hind-dunes lakes were all wrinkled and the bay was all white-caps. There was even some lighting very early this morning, no thunder, but the flashes woke me. The wind was at 26mph offshore and the ocean is roaring. The wind is mostly in the teens and low 20’s with gusts going higher, in the 30’s at home. There was a sucker hole that got us into the shop dry, but chilled, but it’s pouring down again, now. We’re supposed to get nearly an 1/2 inch of rain today, but the wind ought to calm down this afternoon into the evening.
Yesterday was really something different! When Leslie shows up once a year for a visit we do tend to sit and talk. She didn’t head back out until 4:45, talking about staying an extra day so’s not to hit the high winds on the south coast. Right after she left I got a text from one of my students from the valley who was in Newport, who then came down for an enthusiasm infusion. 🙂 ….and we were done at about 9:30.
I did keep checking on the culturing milk during the day. It was just starting to separate at that point. I’m kinda confused because the directions are all saying that it ought to only take overnight….well, I’m going to have to cook it this morning, is all.
Gaian Allusions pottery is going to stop by so we’re going to have some new things! …and then we have Wicca 102 at 7pm tonight.
…and I’ve got the cheese going, so soonest….
…and class tonight! It’s going to be a busy, busy day!
Borage, Borago Officinalis, is also called Starflower. It is an annual that will self-seed in the right climates, although it is native to the Mediterranean. The leaves, stems and flowers are edible, and borage seed oil is made from the seeds. Flowers are made into tea as well as candied and used as decorations. The leaves are cooked in stews and as fillings in ravioli, or as a cooked leaf vegetable. It is useful for gut complaints (like diarrhea) and for asthma. Masculine, Jupiter, Air – One of the 9 Herbs. Tea enhances psychic Powers, Make and carry a sachet of dried stuff to enhance courage, or make a tea of this and pour it into the bath or use in incense to feel happiness and joy in face of stress or crisis.
Lamentations of Isis, ancient Egypt(Nov 13 – 14) –Today: ‘Dismemberment of Osiris’. Isis and Osiris are archetypes bearing a similarity to other divine dualities such as Ishtar and Tammuz ( Damuzi), Venus and Adonis, Mary and Jesus Christ. The tears of Isis, as she lamented Osiris, were said to cause the periodic rising of the Nile; June 18 is another such event, The Egyptian story is believed to have influenced Christianity. See also the Festival of Isia, October 28. Related bits here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djed and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephthys
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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 11/18 at 3:42am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 11/13 at 3:42pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 11/16 at 3:42pm.
The waning Moon passes Mars, Spica, Jupiter and Venus during dawn these mornings. (The Moon’s position is exact for skywatchers in the middle of North America.)
Around 7 or 8 p.m. this week, the Great Square of Pegasus stands in its level position very high toward the south. (It’s straight overhead if you’re as far south as Miami.) Its right (western) side points very far down toward Fomalhaut. Its eastern side points less directly toward Beta Ceti (also known as Deneb Kaitos or Diphda), not as far down. Looking lower: If you have a very good view to a dark south horizon — and if you’re not much farther north than roughly New York, Denver, or Madrid — picture an equilateral triangle with Fomalhaut and Beta Ceti as its top two corners. Near where the third corner would be is Alpha Phoenicis, or Ankaa, in the constellation Phoenix. It’s magnitude 2.4, not very bright but the brightest thing in its area. It has a yellow-orange tint; binoculars help to check. Have you ever seen anything of the constellation Phoenix before?
Saturn (magnitude +0.5, in southern Ophiuchus) glimmers very low in the southwest during dusk.
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
M 13 Low 2:12 AM 1.0 7:10 AM Rise 2:02 AM 29
~ 13 High 8:44 AM 7.7 4:51 PM Set 2:59 PM
~ 13 Low 3:11 PM 1.7
~ 13 High 8:58 PM 6.5
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, and faith looks up…
~ Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes. – Zig Ziglar
~ Failure is only postponed success as long as courage “coaches” ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory. – Herbert Kaufman
~ First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. – Gandhi
~ For fast-acting relief try slowing down. – Lily Tomlin
The hoar-frost gathered, o’er each leaf and spray
Weaving its filmy network; thin and bright. – Sarah Helen Whitman (1803–78)
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.