Featured photo by Ken Gagne. Herbs at 11am. Sewing at 3pm. Minus Tide at 6:41 PM of -0.4 feet.
There’s bright sunshine and a lot of high cloud. We’ve got another weather system coming in tomorrow, a front, it looks like. It’s 45F and there’s little wind. We got less than 1/10 of an inch of rain, yesterday.
Yesterday was a long day. Both Tempus and I were pretty tired and had to get naps during the day. Tempus worked in back. I never got to my chores back there. I’m trying to get caught up on stock that needs to be checked in, but most of my afternoon was working on the cookbook that I’m putting together for next February. Class went well in the evening. We’re going to be starting the history section next week.
We didn’t get out the shop until nearly 11 and that was it for the evening. It had cleared up and the stars were bright. Orion was climbing up beyond the eastern trees and the Pleiades were right overhead.
We’re a little early at the shop this morning, trying to get things ready for the Herbs workshop and some of the cookery that needs to happen today. Herbs is going to be on using herbs and spices in pickling. We’ll actually be making a cabbage pickle. Sewing is a BYoP.
Featured photo is 11/21/15 North Fork Yachats River by Ken Gagne
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 11/18 at 3:42am. Dark of the Moon, End of the cycle – In the time leading up to the “New Moon” you may do banishings and other baneful magicks and healings that require blasting a disease away, as well as using the time for introspection and self-work. Do scrying, now. Good for reversing circumstances. God/dess Aspect: The One Beyond, the Watchers in the Outer Dark, psychopomps – Associated God/desses: Hecate, Kali, Arianhrod, Anja, Kore in the Underworld, Ereshkigal who was Inanna, Set/Seth, Hades, Osiris. Phase ends at 3:42am on 11/18. 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 12/2 at 1:21pm. New Moon – The beginning of a new cycle. Keywords for the New phase are: beginning, birth, emergence, projection, clarity. It is the time in a cycle that you are stimulated to take a new action. During this phase the new cycle is being seeded by your vision, inner and outer. Engage in physical activity. Spend time alone. VISUALIZE your goals for the 29.6-day cycle ahead. The new moon is for starting new ventures, new beginnings. Also love and romance, health or job hunting. God/dess aspect: Infancy, the Cosmic Egg, Eyes-Wide-Open – Associated God/dess: Inanna who was Ereshkigal. Phase ends at 3:42pm on 11/19.
The crescent Moon passes Mercury and Saturn as it waxes. New Moon (exact at 6:42 a.m. EST).
Around 7 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, not as far down.
Looking lower: If you have a 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 anythingof the constellation Phoenix before?
Around 8 p.m., depending on where you are, zero-magnitude Capella >>> rises exactly as high in the northeast as zero-magnitude Vega has sunk in the west-northwest. How accurately can you time this event? Astrolabe not required. . . but it might help.
Mercury and Saturn (magnitudes –0.4 and +0.5, respectively) are very low in the sunset afterglow — Mercury especially. Scan for them with binoculars in the southwest, no more than 20 or 30 minutes after sunset if you want a chance of catching Mercury.
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
©2017 M. Bartlett, Some parts separately copyright
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
Sa 18 High 12:23 AM 6.9 7:17 AM Rise 7:14 AM 0
~ 18 Low 5:57 AM 2.5 4:46 PM Set 5:26 PM
~ 18 High 11:49 AM 8.4
~ 18 Low 6:41 PM -0.4
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – The warmth of the covers; the knowledge that today no demands await you. Give thanks to the Goddess for this respite.
~ People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. – Author Unknown
~ We are these sleepers, waking from long night. We are anointed ones who claim this sun. Dawn now. Shine now. Burn brightly. Live. – T. Thorn Coyle
~ Some will certainly use any excuse that they can – Gwydion
~ Success consists of doing the common things of life uncommonly well. – Unknown
NOVEMBER IN THE MARSHES,
The reeds that were so tall and slim,
And grew so straight awhile ago,
Will bow their heads before the grim
Old monitor that warns of snow.
Already has the goldenrod
Its jewels cast unto the breeze,
And the cottonweed with blackened pod
Weeps mutely near the willow trees.
Yet o’er the marsh a glory flies
As, shimmering in the misty gleam,
The gossamer’s filmy meshes rise
Like motes that dance in a sunbeam ;
And to the mind this fancy comes,
That haply o’er those silver threads
Some telegraphic elf-news hums
Its way to insect hearts and heads.
Through the wide reaches frequent rings
The sharp crack of the fowler’s gun ;
From the marsh-pond the wildduck springs,
The plover’s wings flash in the sun ;
Unto the city gunner’s shot
Small warblers in the sedges fall.
” All’s meat that comes unto his pot,”
The little brown marsh-wren and all.
O’er these low meadows hangs a spell
That holds a strange, poetic charm :
I hear it in the far cowbell,
As vagrant cattle seek the farm.
Did you Know?
Thanksgiving – November 28, 2002 (This was from a newsletter, now defunct)
The first American Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621, to commemorate the harvest reaped by the Plymouth Colony after a harsh winter. In that year Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. The colonists celebrated it as a traditional English harvest feast, to which they invited the local Wampanoag Indians.
Days of thanksgiving were celebrated throughout the colonies after fall harvests. All thirteen colonies did not, however, celebrate Thanksgiving at the same time until October 1777. George Washington was the first president to declare the holiday, in 1789.
By the mid-1800s, many states observed a Thanksgiving holiday. Poet and editor Sarah J. Hale lobbyied for a national Thanksgiving holiday. During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, looking for ways to unite the nation, discussed the subject with Hale. In 1863 he gave his Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November a day of thanksgiving.
In 1939, 1940, and 1941 Franklin D. Roosevelt, proclaimed Thanksgiving the third Thursday in November. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1941 decreeing that Thanksgiving should fall on the fourth Thursday of November.
Did you Know?
A lot of what we learned in grade school and even high school is “history made simple.” Here is some information about Pilgrims you may not know.
“Mainstream Englishmen considered the Pilgrims to be deliberate religious dropouts who intended to found a new nation completely independent from non-Puritan England. In 1643 the Puritan/Pilgrims declared themselves an independent confederacy, one hundred and forty- three years before the American Revolution. They believed in the imminent occurrence of Armegeddon in Europe and hoped to establish here in the new world the “Kingdom of God” foretold in the book of Revelation. They diverged from their Puritan brethren who remained in England only in that they held little real hope of ever being able to successfully overthrow the King and Parliament and, thereby, impose their “Rule of Saints” (strict Puritan orthodoxy) on the rest of the British people. So they came to America not just in one ship (the Mayflower) but in a hundred others as well….”
The Puritans were not just simple religious conservatives persecuted by the King and the Church of England for their unorthodox beliefs. They were political revolutionaries who not only intended to overthrow the government of England, but who actually did so in 1649! (To learn about that, read about Cromwell who became, “Lord Protector of England.”)
In 1621 the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast which is now known as the first Thanksgiving. The only two items that historians know for sure were on the menu are venison and wild fowl, which are mentioned in primary sources.
Did you Know?
Foods that were available to the pilgrims at the time were:
SEAFOOD: Cod, Eel, Clams, Lobster
WILD FOWL: Wild Turkey, Goose, Duck, Crane, Swan, Partridge, Eagles
MEAT: Venison, Seal
GRAIN: Wheat Flour, Indian Corn
VEGETABLES: Pumpkin, Peas, Beans, Onions, Lettuce, Radishes, Carrots
FRUIT: Plums, Grapes
NUTS: Walnuts, Chestnuts, Acorns
HERBS and SEASONINGS: Olive Oil, Liverwort, Leeks, Dried Currants, Parsnips
Foods that may not have been available were:
HAM: There is no evidence that the colonists had butchered a pig by this time, though they had brought pigs with them from England.
SWEET POTATOES/POTATOES: These were not common. (Southern food.)
CORN ON THE COB: Corn was kept dried out at this time of year.
CRANBERRY SAUCE: The colonists had cranberries but no sugar at this time.
PUMPKIN PIE: It’s not a recipe that exists at this point, though the pilgrims had recipes for stewed pumpkin.
CHICKEN/EGGS: We know that the colonists brought hens with them from England, but it’s unknown how many they had left at this point or whether the hens were still laying.
MILK: No cows had been aboard the Mayflower, though it’s possible that the colonists used goat milk to make cheese.
Silliness – Batman
I went to dinner with my husband, a male friend of ours, Jim, and his new girlfriend, Dorothy.
While eating dinner we got on the subject of vacations. Dorothy said that she wanted to go to Gotham City for her next vacation.
I tried to explain to her that it wasn’t a real place. She laughed and said “It is, too. It’s where Batman lives”.
I laughed and looked over at Jim who smiled and told me she was serious. I then tried to explain. “Batman does not exist. Why do you think there have been four of them: Bale, Clooney, Kilmer and Keaton?”
She looked me straight in the eye and said, “That’s because he doesn’t want anyone to know who he really is.”