It’s cloudy and damp and we’re under a Small Craft Advisory for Winds through Friday evening, but that mostly applies to out on the water. 58F and wind at 4mph and over 1/6 of an inch of rain since midnight.
Yesterday I got up at 3pm. That still wasn’t enough sleep, but I figured I’d nap. I spent a good hour catching up on mail and getting my brain going, then a young friend stopped by in costume….that included a lighted cigarette. <sigh> So I spent a really bad hour where I felt that there wasn’t enough air. …and feeling very sorry for myself. This is one of the weirder allergies, and people don’t think…. I know he didn’t mean to make me miserable…. doesn’t help.
So I ended up not doing much until well into the evening, but at that point I started back in on newsletter stuff. The lady with the green figs stopped by and those are in the fridge, waiting for milk. Tempus and I also worked on cleaning up the shop, getting more stuff put away. A lot more empty boxes got cut up to go out in the trash. We’re getting there.
I started a soup from some leftovers and put together a microwave casserole for supper. Other than that, I was working on some cheese research and doing a little writing.
So today we have to get our chores finished and tonight is the paper run. I have to start filling in newsletter files for November and then I need to work on that watermelon pickle and maybe the fig cheese.
Saturday! Don’t forget!
Juniper Berry – Juniperus of the cypress family Cupressaceae – These range from a shrub to a tall tree and sometimes are wildly contorted by wind and age. The berry is actually a cone with the “petals” fused together. Used as a spice, especially for game meats, it’s tasty, if you don’t overdo it. It’s the main flavoring for most varieties of gin, as well and an essential oil is made from some varieties. – Mars, Sun, Aries, Masculine, Fire –
Primarily applies to preservation of health. Attracts healthy energies, drives out bad. A lesson in moderation. Often used in cleansing rituals, especially the “tears” of the resin. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniper
Today’s feast is Día de los Muertos. This is celebrated in Mexico and in the US with remembrances of those who have gone on. It’s not a time of mourning, as such, but a time to remember and celebrate. Offerings of marigolds, sweets, alcohol and breads are taken to cemeteries where the living feast with the dead. There are a lot of interesting links on this page: http://www.mexconnect.com/tags/day-of-the-dead More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia_de_los_Muertos
“On All Saints’ Day hard is the grain,
The leaves are dropping, the puddle is full;
At setting off in the morning
Woe to him that will trust a stranger.” – From The Heroic Elegies of Llywarch Hên (6th-Century Welsh), translated by Dr W Owen Pughe, 1792 (William Hone, The Every-Day Book, or a Guide to the Year, William Tegg and Co., London, 1878, 711 – 712; 1825-26 edition online)
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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 11/7 at 8:02am. 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 11/2 at 8:02pm.
The night sky’s most conspicuous harbinger of winter now rises in the east around 11 p.m. local daylight time. The constellation Orion the Hunter appears on its side as it rises, with ruddy Betelgeuse to the left of the three-star belt and blue-white Rigel to the belt’s right. As Orion climbs higher before dawn, the figure rotates so that Betelgeuse lies at the upper left and Rigel at the lower right of the constellation pattern.
Vega is the brightest star very high in the west on November evenings. Its little constellation Lyra extends to its left, pointing in the direction of Altair, the brightest star in the southwest. Three of Lyra’s leading stars, after Vega, are interesting doubles. Barely above Vega is 4th-magnitude Epsilon (ε) Lyrae, the Double-Double. Epsilon forms one corner of a roughly equilateral triangle with Vega and Zeta (ζ) Lyrae. The triangle is less than 2° on a side, hardly the width of your thumb at arm’s length. Binoculars easily resolve Epsilon. And a 4-inch telescope at 100× or more should resolve each of Epsilon’s wide components into a tight pair. Zeta Lyrae is also a double star for binoculars; much tougher, but plainly resolved in any telescope. Delta (δ) Lyrae, upper left of Zeta, is a much wider and easier pair.
Saturn (magnitude +0.6, in Sagittarius) glows yellow low in the south-southwest in late twilight.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for October – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-october-2018
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 Hagalaz/Hagal – October 29-Novmber 12 – The Runic half-month of Hagal commences today, represented by the hailstone of transformation. It is a harbinger of the need to undergo the necessary preparations before the harsh northern Winter.
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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
Day High Tide Height Sunrise Moon Time % Moon
~ /Low Time Feet Sunset Visible
Th 1 Low 1:23 AM 0.2 7:54 AM Rise 12:44 AM 48
~ 1 High 8:14 AM 6.7 6:05 PM Set 3:26 PM
~ 1 Low 1:59 PM 3.2
~ 1 High 7:36 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – God gave the angels Wings, and He gave humans CHOCOLATE.
~ All Saints’ Summer lasts three hours, three days or three weeks. – English traditional proverb
~ If All Saints’ Day will bring out the winter, St Martin’s Day will bring out Indian summer. – American traditional proverb
~ All Souls’, blustery and chill. I hear them before I see them, six lines scribbling across the white sky. I look up at the tiny crosses beating above me. The pain is new each year, and I’m surprised, even though I expect it the sudden cold, the geese passing over. – From ‘Dakota’, by Kathleen Norris
~ There should be less talk; a preaching point is not a meeting point. What do you do then? Take a broom and clean someone’s house. That says enough. – Mother Teresa; ‘Carriers of Christ’s Love’, A Gift for God, 1975
Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness—for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still. –Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49)
Written by Kym Klass
The altar, or “ofrenda,” is built to celebrate Los Dias de los Muertos, or The Days of the Dead. All three traditional calendars — Christian, Aztec and Maya — coincide on the first days of November to honor beloved members of the community who have passed on to the afterlife. Some of the items include:
- Butterflies and hummingbirds: Aztecs believed souls might return as butterflies and hummingbirds
- Atole: An ancient drink made from corn meal and water flavored with various fruits
- Candles: It is believed that spirits of the deceased are attracted to the light
- Papel Picado: Traditional paper cutting art
- Sand painting: Used to guide the spirits toward the altar
- Santos: Images of saints beloved by those who passed on
- Virgin of Guadalupe: The patron saint of Mexico
They honor the dead in respectful celebration.
At burial sites, or intricately built altars, photos of loved ones are centered on items including skeleton figurines, bright decorations and candles.
“Candles attract the souls and lights their way back to their home,” said Paela Long, coordinator of international studies at Auburn Montgomery. “We (also) choose dishes that were the favorite dishes of those who passed … and also liquor.”
The Mexican and Mexican-American celebration, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, honors departed souls of loved ones who are welcomed back for a few intimate hours. The tradition — celebrated Nov. 1 and 2 — makes offerings in recognition of loved ones who have died, and dates back to 3500 BC. The first two days in November coincide with the similar Roman Catholic celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.
In the past decade or so, the traditional Latin American holiday with indigenous roots has spread throughout the U.S. along with migration from Mexico and other countries where it is observed. The celebration has become popular in the American Southwest, and is increasingly being observed in the South, with people seeing the day of remembrance as “hip,” Long said.
“The Day of the Dead is being recognized (in America) by those in their 20s and in the schools,” she said. In fact, AUM’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs hosted a Dia de los Muertos observance for the first time Monday. The past couple of years the office has coordinated festivities for Cinco de Mayo, a date observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
“It is important to look at other cultural events,” said Timothy Spraggins, assistant provost for the department. “A lot of people think that getting people of different cultures together is diversity. But it’s about getting to know them and understanding what their differences are, and understanding each other and their community rituals.”
Not only are U.S.-born Latinos adopting Dia de los Muertos , but various underground and artistic non-Latino groups have begun to mark the early November holiday through colorful celebrations, parades, exhibits and even bike rides and mixed martial arts fights, according to an Associated Press report.
Pre-Columbian in origin, many of the current themes and rituals associated with Dia de los Muertos are mixtures of indigenous practices and Roman Catholicism. The holiday is celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and parts of Ecuador.
The growing Latin American population in the U.S. and the increased influence of Hispanic culture here in everything from food to television programming are major factors in the growth of Day of the Dead celebrations.
But the holiday’s increased popularity may also coincide with evolving attitudes toward death, including a move away from private mourning to more public ways of honoring departed loved ones, whether through online tributes or sidewalk memorials.
For some in the U.S., the Day of the Dead remains personal as they use the occasion to remember loved ones. But for others, it is a chance to honor late celebrities or just an opportunity to dress up as a favorite Day of the Dead character.
“It is a way to treasure and appreciate someone’s life,” said Isabel Rubio, executive director of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (HICA), a nonprofit organization created in 1999 that aims to improve the quality of life for Latinos living in Alabama.
“Reflecting on someone’s death doesn’t have to be a purely somber thing,” she said. “Especially in Mexico, the Day of the Dead celebration is popular and an important part of their culture. It is a day that brings together the American and the Hispanic immigrant community.”
And it is a day Long said students from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) reclaimed after noticing schoolchildren shopping for Halloween costumes at Walmart in Mexico in 2000 and 2001.
“They were imitating American culture,” she said. “And students at UNAM and a couple of other universities started going over the top with (the Day of the Dead celebration), such as turning an entire campus building into a ‘Day of the Dead’ house.”
Shortly thereafter, Long said, younger school children began to take notice and the schools in Mexico started talking more about the Day of the Dead in the context of the Mexican culture.
Long said the Christian aspect of the celebration began in the first century AD.
“The impulse is to commune with our Christian dead — to remember those who have gone on before us and to remember them as heroes and role models,” she said. “The Day of the Dead has combined a Christian and Native American spirituality to it. I think it has a different flavor altogether.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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