Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
It’s pouring rain out there, no shower, it’s been going for at least 1/2 an hour. Off of a 20% chance of showers! 🙂 Well, we’ve gotten about 1/4 inch since midnight. 56F, wind at 5mph. Still under the Small Craft Advisory for Hazardous Seas. This is through 6pm Tuesday, now. Once this is past the next significant chance of rain is a week out… once this is over. 🙂
Yesterday just went….. Tempus worked in back, trying to get me space to work on the table, and it didn’t get there. I spent a good while talking with a guy about articles for his website on some of my specialty hobbies. Other than that, putting more things away and working with customers that was it for the day.
In the evening we went over to Loryea’s. She wanted me to come look at stock (and we have more of the pentacle cats and a lot of rings!) and then fed us supper and we talked, and talked. We’re foodies, so that was a lot of the chat, but politics and show business and other country’s customs…
It was fun, and I came home exhausted and slept very soundly until around 2am when my toes woke me, complaining about being arthritic. For several hours, sleep was a bit hard to come by and then I overslept again this morning!
In any case, I’m at the shop, now, and working. I’ve got a lot of writing to do and some pictures to take and more beads and such to sort. …and since the sky is getting lighter and the rain has slowed down, maybe we’ll move some plants too.
Dandelion, Taraxacum, Taraxacum officinale seems to be one of the most common plants ever! Other names are Blowball, Cankerwort, Piss-a-bed and Wild Endive. The two most common species came from Europe to North America, although there are native varieties across the whole northern hemisphere. T. Officinale, and T. erythrospermum are completely edible, blossom to root, although the latex in the sap causes allergic reactions in some people. The most common use is of the raw young leaves and unopened buds in salad, but the leaves add a pleasant bitterness when stir-fryed or stewed to kale and spinach. I often chop and use as a flavorant in bland stews (chicken….or beans) or chop with other strong-flavored herbs and plant tops in not just stew, but fritters, biscuits and breads. The roots can also be used in stews as a starchy vegetable and the crowns are great if blanched, battered and deep-fried! The blossoms are also deep-fried, but more commonly used in tea and wine. The roots may be roasted to make a caffeine-free coffee substitute. Medicinally it is used as a mild diuretic or laxative, for “bitters” to improve digestion and increasing the appetite. The latex can be used as a mosquito repellent. – Masculine, Jupiter, Air, Hecate. – The coffee substitute can be used to promote psychic powers, or if left hot beside the bed, will call spirits into your dreams. Make an amulet and bury it at the NW corner of your house to bring favorable winds and prevent wind damage. Use for spells against liver and gall bladder complaints, “bound bowels” and general good health. This may be used to welcome beings into your space and of course the “blowball” is a well-known divinatory tool!
Guy Fawkes Night (often referred to as Bonfire Night) is
celebrated with bonfires and fireworks on November 5, or the closest Friday or Saturday night. On this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes (“the only man ever to enter Parliament with honest intentions”) and collaborators attempted to blow up the English Houses of Parliament over things that make little sense to us today. English people still burn a ‘guy’ in effigy, although the festival is more one of fireworks and parades and parties, rather than something more ominous.
The Fifth of November – English Folk Verse (c.1870)
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England’s overthrow.
But, by God’s providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James’s sake!
If you won’t give me one,
I’ll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn’orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!
Version from http://www.potw.org/archive/potw405.html
The “Anonymous” mask is actually one that is worn in England on Guy Fawkes Night. This celebration seems to tie in with folk festivals that go far back in history of a night of bonfires in this time of the year. More info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night
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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. 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 8:02am on 11/7.
Draw a line from Altair, the brightest star very high in the southwest after dark, to the right through Vega, very high in the west and even brighter. Continue the line about half as far onward and you hit the Lozenge: the pointy-nosed head of Draco, the Dragon. Its brightest star is orange Eltanin, the tip of the Dragon’s nose, which always points to Vega.
Mars continues to put on a great show these November evenings. The Red Planet appears 35° above the southern horizon once darkness falls. The world shines at magnitude –0.5 against the faint backdrop of Capricornus the Sea Goat. This evening, Mars slides 0.6° north of the constellation’s brightest star, magnitude 2.8 Delta (δ) Capricorni. A telescope reveals the planet’s 11″-diameter disk and several subtle surface features.
Mercury and Jupiter (magnitudes –0.3 and –1.7, respectively) are very low after sunset, just above the southwest horizon in bright twilight. Bring binoculars. You’ll spot brighter Jupiter first. Mercury is more or less to its left. Their separation widens from 6° on November 2nd to 10° on the 9th. By then Mercury is passing closely over even fainter Antares, magnitude +1.0.
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
M 5 Low 4:16 AM 1.0 6:59 AM Rise 4:31 AM 9
~ 5 High 10:29 AM 8.4 5:00 PM Set 4:30 PM
~ 5 Low 5:01 PM 0.2
~ 5 High 11:06 PM 7.3
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – You can only go as far as you push.
~ Religion is the idol of the mob; it adores everything it does not understand. – Frederick the Great
~ That’s all I can stand I can’t stands no more. – Popeye
~ Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other. – Francis Bacon; Of Death
~ This morning, to the infinite surprise of everybody, we saw two ships standing in for Botany Bay. We thought they to be English ships sent out after us with convicts, and stores. I sent the Supply brig out of the bay with orders to hoist her colours… we discovered they were two French ships on exploratory mission. – Captain Arthur Phillip, January 24, 1788, from log of HMS Supply, Botany Bay, New South Wales (now Australia)
~ We have a duty to look after each other. If we lose control of our government, then we lose our ability to dispense justice and human kindness. Our first priority today, then, is to defeat utterly those forces of greed and corruption that have come between us and our self-governance. – Granny D (Doris Haddock), American nonagenarian activist born on January 24, 1910
FROST comes, and the summer is finished ,
The world lies vacant and still,
To dream through the winter with minished
Dull life in the desolate chill.
Thus we, when the sense of enjoyment
Hath passed from our blood and our brain,
Are left without light or employment
In passionless pain. – JOHN ADDINGTON SYMUNDS.
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.
Silliness – Inevitable Laws of Work – 25. Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules.