It’s raining pretty steadily, but it’s gotten less and less heavy. Up until a little while ago it was blowing in sheets. It’s 56F and the wind is down to 3mph, even in Bayshore. Clouds are at 300 feet, which made for interesting effects while the rain was coming down hard in the dark. We’ve gotten 2/5 of an inch of rain today, so far. There’s a good chance of rain on Sunday and then the next is toward the end of next week.
I wrote for quite awhile, then I went back to sorting beads and jewelry findings. I found another stash that needs to be dealt with.
Tempus got the laundry done, then nabbed some milk at the grocery before he headed out on the paper route. There were stickers and that always slows everything down. It was 2:20 before he headed out on the regular route.
I worked on filling in newsletter files for quite some time in between finishing the watermelon pickle and starting another fig cheese and then went back and forth between beads and computer for several hours.
I didn’t get picked up until past 6:15am and then we weren’t done until 8:45! The Bayshore drops got “interesting” with the wind, which was gusting up to 30. Tempus had to rescue several papers. The wind wasn’t so bad in town and upriver, but there are branches down all over and kinda slippery conditions with leaves and needles. We did take a couple of minutes to photograph some mushrooms where we saw that huge amanita on Tuesday. I’ll get the pix developed over the next couple of days and then post ’em.
Tempus and I are going to have to take it in turns to nap today. Less than two hours of sleep! But we’ll open on time and then we have the Sabbat tonight.
Today’s Plant is Oregon White Oak, Quercus garryana, also called Garry oak, or just Oregon oak. It doesn’t grow well out here on the coast, although supposedly there are some specimens. I’ve never seen one out here, but they’re *all* over the Willamette Valley, many of them hosting our local mistletoe, Phoradendron flavescens. This is the same relation of tree and herb that gave rise to the legends of the Golden Bough in Europe, although these are *far* different species. – Masculine, Sun ,Fire, Dagda, (Jupiter, Thor, Pan) – Use in magicks for protection, money, potency, fertility – Burn the bark to draw off illness, carry and piece of the for luck and protection, acorns are used to tip male power wands and worn as necklaces by some priests and can be carried to increase fertility and male potency to preserve health and long life. Place in windows to ward off lightning. Plant an acorn at the new moon if you need money. Fires of oak wood draw off illness. – Wiccaning or Seining –Wiccaning or Seining is the ceremony where we welcome a new child to the world. Holly water is used for girls and Oak for boys. Make by a tablespoon of powdered leaf brew in 1 cup of very hot water for about 10 minutes, then adding that to 2 cups of cold water. Sprinkle or wash baby with it. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_white_oak Mistletoe lore here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mistletoe#Culture.2C_folklore.2C_and_mythologyand more about our variety here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phoradendron
Today’s Feast of All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead descend from the indigenous celebrations of the goddess Mictecacihuatl. Most “Catrina” figures that are all over during this celebration are descendants of this Lady of the Dead. I wonder if “St. Death” has gotten mixed in there somehow. Today is the Day of the Faithful Dead, after All Saints, and All Innocents.
- On the celebrations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead
- On the goddess – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mictecacihuatl
- La Calavera Catrina – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Calavera_Catrina
- Photo is By Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33196773
“On All Saints’ Day the tops of the branches are bent;
In the mouth of the mischievous, disturbance is congenial:
Where there is no natural gift there will be no learning”. – 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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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. 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 11/5 at 8:02pm.
Look for <<< Capella sparkling low in the northeast these evenings. Look for the Pleiades cluster >>> about three fists at arm’s length to its right. These harbingers of the cold months rise higher as evening grows late. Above the space between them are the stars of Perseus, astride the Milky Way.
Saturn remains a tempting target in the early evening sky. The ringed planet stands about 20° above the southwestern horizon an hour after sunset and remains on view until 9 p.m. local daylight time. Shining at magnitude 0.6, it appears more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius. Of course, the best views of Saturn come through a telescope, which reveals a 16″-diameter globe surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 36″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
Uranus, near the Aries-Pisces border, is easy in binoculars at magnitude 5.7 — with a good finder chart, if you know the constellations well enough to see where to start with the chart.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for November – NA, yet
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
F 2 Low 2:30 AM 0.4 7:55 AM Rise 1:56 AM 37
~ 2 High 9:13 AM 7.1 6:04 PM Set 4:01 PM
~ 2 Low 3:16 PM 2.5
~ 2 High 8:56 PM 6.8
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – There are two kinds of pedestrians – the quick and the dead.
~ Thunder in November indicates a fertile year to come. – English traditional proverb
~ If there be ice in November that will bear a duck, there will be nothing thereafter but sleet and muck. – English traditional proverb
~ Anyone who picks up a Compton-Burnett finds it very hard not to put it down. – Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett; quoted by Elizabeth Sprigge in The Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett
~ To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. – Mother Teresa of Calcutta (born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu), Yugoslavian-born Nobel Prize-winning missionary; in ‘Saints Among Us,’ Time magazine, December 29, 1975
E’en in these bleak November days
There’s gladness for the heart that heeds.
The marsh to me no gloom conveys,
Though the grey frost be on the weeds. –Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)
November – (Lat. novem, nine). It was the ninth month in the ancient Roman calendar, when the year began in March.
The old Dutch name was Slaghtmaand (slaughter-month, the time when the beasts were killed and salted down for winter
use); the old Saxon Wind-monath (wind-month, when the fisherman took their boats ashore, and put aside fishing till the next spring); it was also called Blot-monath – the same as Slaghtmaand. In the French Republican Calendar it was called
Brumaire (fog-month, 23 October to 21 November). Saxons also called it blot-monath, meaning blood month, because they killed cattle for Winter store; the name might also have referred to human sacrifice.
Frankish name: Herbistmanoth, or harvest (of animals) month. Asatru: Fogmoon. American backwoods: Beaver Moon.
Almost the whole month coincides with the goddess-calendar month of Samhain (pronounced sow-ain), the feminine personification of the Nove. She is an aspect of the Cailleach (veiled woman).
Next was November; he full grown and fat
As fed with lard, and that right well might seeme;
For he had been a fatting hogs of late,
That yet his browes with sweat did reek and steam;
And yet the season was full sharp and breem;
In planting eeke (also) he took no small delight,
Whereon he rode, not easy was to deeme
For it a dreadful centaure was in sight,
The seed of Saturn and fair Nais, Chiron hight. – Edmund Spenser, English poet (1552-1599)
No morn – no noon –
No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day…
No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, –
November! ~Thomas Hood, English poet, 1799-1845
If on All Saints’Day the beech nut is dry, we shall have a hard winter; but if the nut be wet and not light,
we may expect a wet winter. ~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 Saints Summer lasts three hours, three days or three weeks. ~Traditional English saying
Resources : GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast Archives and School of The Seasons )0( NOTE: Because of the large number of ancient calendars, many in simultaneous use, as well as different ways of computing holy days (marked by the annual inundation, the solar year, the lunar month, the rising of key stars, and other celestial and terrestrial events), you may find these holy days celebrated a few days earlier or later at your local temple .
Silliness – Scrubbing Bulkheads
I was scrubbing the bulkhead on the USS Kitty Hawk one Sunday morning when the loud-speaker announced:
“Religious services. Maintain silence about the decks. Dis- continue all unnecessary work.”
An hour later, the opinion many of us held regarding our daily routine, was confirmed with this announcement:
“Resume all unnecessary work.”