Yesterday started pretty late, as far as working goes. We scrambled around getting things ready for the sabbat, and then people were arriving! We had a good ritual and then had some lovely food things.
Tempus and I cleaned up after everyone left and then I started my cheese heating because the curdling had happened and that got finished near 1am. <sigh>
We just finished Herbs workshop and it went well. It went well, I think, all on prepping herbs for use and storage. Next week will be more on storage and then we’ll be packing some herbs.
Yes, the shop is open and I’m starting the Sewing workshop in just a few minutes!
From the National Gardening Association newsletter, this week is time to:
- Dig and Store Dahlias
- Winterize Planters
- Continue to Mow Your Lawn
- Turn the Soil
- Prune Back Mums
Today’s Plant is False Lily of the Valley, Maianthemum dilatatum. It was eaten as a poverty food, and the berries won’t hurt you, but they aren’t particularly tasty, either. It was more used as a medicinal by the indigenous peoples, although modern medicine doesn’t substantiate the native uses. The leaves were eaten in spring as a purgative, leaves were made into poultices for scrapes and cuts and the roots were pounded to make a medicine for sore eyes. I don’t know of any magickal uses except against sterility. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maianthemum_dilatatum and here: http://academic.evergreen.edu/projects/gardens/longhouse/monographs/false_lillyofthevalley.htm
Apaturia – (from Pip Wilson’s Almanac) meeting of the clans, ancient Greece (Nov 3 – 5) -The Apaturia was commemorated by all Ionian Greeks except those of Colophon and Ephesus. It was celebrated in the month of Pyanepsion (October to November) and lasted three days. The name is roughly translated as ‘common relationship’; Xenophon (431 – c. 354 BCE), tells us that during the celebration, fathers and relations assembled and births were registered. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apaturia
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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. 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.
Daylight-saving time ends at 2 a.m. tonight in North America. Clocks fall back an hour. Shower thought: The old saying that clocks “spring forward” and “fall back” in those two seasons used to be metaphorical; you had to change the clock. But now it’s literal: internet-connected clocks actually do it.
Mars shines in the south after dark. Look barely 1° east (left) of it for Delta Capricorni, only a twentieth as bright at magnitude 2.8. Tomorrow and Monday evenings they’ll appear even closer: 0.6° apart.
Although the calendar says November, the Summer Triangle of bright stars remains prominent in the early evening. Look overhead after darkness falls and you’ll spot Deneb, a conspicuous point of light despite being the faintest of the three luminaries. Brightest Vega lies west of Deneb and intermediate Altair appears to their south.
Neptune, in Aquarius, is harder at magnitude 7.8. They’re well up in the southeastern side of the sky soon after nightfall. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune, or see the September Sky & Telescope, page 48.
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
Sa 3 Low 3:32 AM 0.6 7:57 AM Rise 3:08 AM 26
~ 3 High 10:04 AM 7.6 6:03 PM Set 4:32 PM
~ 3 Low 4:20 PM 1.7
~ 3 High 10:07 PM 6.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Do not lose faith in yourself.
~ Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. – Robert A. Heinlein
~ Have the courage and the wisdom and the vision to raise a definite standard that will appeal to the best that is in man, and then strive mightily toward that goal. – Harold E. Stassen
~ Then Isis fanned the cold clay with her wings: Osiris revived. – Sir James George Frazer (1854 – 1941), The Golden Bough, 1922; on the resurrection of Osiris
~ I have a wife, I have sons: all of them hostages given to fate – Lucan, Roman poet, born on November 3, 39 CE
When the tree bares, the music of it changes:
Hard and keen is the sound, long and mournful;
Pale are the poplar boughs in the evening light
Above my house, against a slate-cold cloud. – Conrad Aiken (1889–1973)
Go home now, to the mother of winter.
Go home now, to your springtime home.
Go home now, to the mother of summer.
Go home now, to your autumn home.
Sleep, oh sleep now. Sleep, oh sleep.
Sleep against her sacred breast.
Sleep, oh sleep now. Sleep, oh sleep.
Sleep this night, let her give you rest. – ~Medieval Irish Death Chant
This is the night on which the ancient Celtic feast of Samhain was celebrated – and is still celebrated, under its later name of Halloween. In the Celtic calendar, there were two days when the veil between this world and the next grew thin so that beings could pass between them. One was Beltane, May 1, when beings who wished to be born sought new bodies; today is the opposite feast, when the spirits of the dead can come back to comfort, or to disturb, those left behind.
Samhain was Christianized into All Saints’ Day, but the meaning remains the same. Today, in the gathering dark of late fall, we think of those who have gone into that mysterious night of death. We grow closer to them, and they to us. Some day, each of us will join them in the afterworld, whatever it may be. Samhain, each year, reminds us of that. By Patricia Monaghan ~ From “The Goddess Companion” and GrannyMoon’s Morning Feast
Samhain Night of the Dead
‘I am the God who i the dead of the year, in the dark of life, at the end me .
black crowded darkness forming the
Silent clamour of the returning hoard filling the night but no space,
and we, hosts in our turn greet in love the Mighty Dead.
All is life, on the Feast of the Dead – on Samhain.
The sword, flashing candle-glow, salutes The Guardians,
forms the Circle, builds again the Castle.
Bridges down, we wait, welcoming, expectant,
feeling again the surge as they return.
Now with us again – The Clan.
Life force quickens, on the Feast of the Dead – on Samhain.
Now fill the cup to drink in honour of our kin. Ours by choice and right. To talk gravely, laugh merrily as kinsmen will in kinship.
Drink, with them, the ancient festival.
Out of time, is the time of the Dead – is Samhain.
Brought on no chill wind, this merry crew,
the dead and the Lord of the Dead.
Their rich warmth reaches the soul of us encumbered in
light we warm our cold clay at the fire of your caring.
Tonight is the promise renewed, and our spirits drink the
Life force with our beloved dead.
In the hour of the dead – on the Eve of Samhain.
Invocation of the Old One by Noel-Anne Brennan
Lady of the Red Desert,
Lady of the Great North,
Mistress of Moonlight,
Mistress of Earth
And the changing sky,
Come to us now.
Come to us,
You whose name
Is in all things,
Come to us now
And bless us
And feel our love.