It’s sunny out, but with a bit more high, wispy cloud interfering than there was yesterday. It’s a bit on the breezy side. The roses haven’t lost their leaves yet and those are blowing around in the fairy garden. 58F, wind at 11mph and gusting into the low 20’s. Chance of rain on Wednesday.
Yesterday’s Herb Workshop didn’t happen. I got the crystals into the inventory. Tempus decided to make a big breakfast for us, so putting them onto the board had to wait, but they were in a basket and out, at least. That’s some small AA grade lapis, some tiny citrine beads, ditto garnet and a double dozen of odd bits and pieces that have turned up as we sort out the chaos. There are still some amethyst and rose quartz to bag, but there’s a fair amount of that, yet, already out.
Later we had a couple in the shop who first asked if we had record albums for sale, then wanted to buy the sofa and the peacock chair…. The lady finally asked, “Don’t you have *anything* for sale?” <sigh> It’s really tempting to say something nasty to people like that.
Tempus and I spent several hours on the crystals inventory, then had some supper. After supper he went off to a friend’s house to care for their birds and I got a nap. We went back to doing inventory after that and kept going until very late, taking a break in the middle for a sandwich.
We have the shop open. Tempus went out early, to tend the birds, then came back for me. We have to finish the inventory bit, and then we have our Project Day this afternoon. I’m hoping he’s going to make bread again, too.
Today’s plant is Western Red Cedar, Thuja plicata,which is not a cedar at all, but an Arborvitae. Arborvitae comes from the Latin for “tree of life” and coincidentally, native Americans of the West coast also address the species as “long life maker”. “Western Redcedar has an extensive history of use by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from Oregon to southeast Alaska. Some northwest coast tribes refer to themselves as “people of the redcedar” because of their extensive dependence on the tree for basic materials. The wood has been used for constructing housing, totem poles, and crafted into many objects, including masks, utensils, boxes, boards, instruments, canoes, vessels, and ceremonial objects. Roots and bark were used for baskets, ropes, clothing, blankets and rings.” Wiki article –Masculine, Sun, Fire, – to enhance banishing of ill health and bad dreams. Burn for this purpose and purification and psychic power. Make a sachet for love or courage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thuja_plicata
Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day – The Armistice of 11 November 1918 ended the First World War. This day was huge for those who lived through that. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armistice_of_11_November_1918 Many of the celebrations are more associated with veterans and the Unknown Soldiers, now.
Lunantshees – Among the sidhe Faerie races of Ireland, the guardians of the sacred blackthorn trees (Prunus spinosa) are the Lunantshees. On both Nov. 11 and May 11, these guardians will not allow any of their trees to be cut, and today is set aside to honor their protection. The sidhe are usually honored with bread, milk and honey, and there are stories of these things being taken to blackthorn groves on this day. There’s not a lot more to be found about this feast…. but here’s some about the plant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_spinosa
Day of Remembrance for Volhvs – Gruden (November) 11 – Tip the horn in remembrance of those (people) who died at the Christian’s “virtuous” hands. – “At the time of Gleb Svatsolavich, a Volhv appeared … who went unto the people and told his story. …A rebellion of great proportions occurred in the town, and the people were set on killing the bishop. The townspeople became divided: Knjaz Gleb and his consort sided went with the bishop, but all the people sided with the Volhv.” – Tale of Years Past The great rebellion in all the High Volga Region occurred in Susdal in the year 1024. In 1071, two Wizards gave orders to the vast area from the Volga. ‘In the year 6735, (1227 C.E.), four Volhvs were immolated for their conjuring and working of magic. And God did this! They were all burned in Jaroslav’s Court’. – First Novgordian Epistle
- (Knjaz: “King” of the Rus; the scandinavian anaolog – Konung)
- (Volhv: a priest of Slavic Paganism; analogous to the scandinavian “Godhi” )
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Love & Light,
Today’s Astro & Calendar
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 11/22 at 9:39pm. Diana’s Bow – On the 3rd day after the new moon you can (weather permitting) see the tiny crescent in the sky, the New Moon holding the Old Moon in her arms. Begin on your goals for the next month. A good time for job interviews or starting a project. Take a concrete step! God/dess aspect: Daughter/Son/Innocence – Associated God/dess: Vesta, Horus. Phase ends on 11/11 at 8:02pm. Waxing Crescent phase – Keywords for the Crescent phase are: expansion, growth, struggle, opportunity. It is the time in a cycle that you gather the wisdom learned in the new phase and communicate your intention to move forward. Light a candle. Write or read an affirmation. LISTEN & ABSORB. Commit to your goal. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, energy and enthusiasm – Associated God/dess: Artemis & Apollo, Mayet/Djehuti, Freya/Frey. Phase ends at the Quarter on 11/15 at 6:54am.
The waxing crescent Moon appears 4° to Saturn’s upper left this evening. The two stand nearly 20° above the southwestern horizon an hour after sunset and will make a pretty pair with the naked eye and through binoculars. Of course, Saturn makes a tempting target any night this week. The ringed world shines at magnitude 0.6, more than a full magnitude brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius. The best views come through a telescope, however, which reveals a 16″-diameter globe surrounded by a spectacular ring system that spans 35″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight. Saturn is currently 4,075 times farther away that our Moon.
The annual Leonid meteor shower ramps up this week. The shower got underway November 6, when Earth encountered the outer edge of the debris stream laid down by Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle during its innumerable passes through the inner solar system. With the Moon currently in the evening sky, the best views will come after midnight. The shower will peak the night of November 17/18 under a waxing gibbous Moon.
These evenings Capella is the brightest star in the northeast, climbing the sky as winter approaches. It’s the equal of Vega, which is descending in the northwest as summer fades into the past.
Look for the Pleiades to Capella’s right by three fists at arm’s length. As evening grows later, orange Aldebaran climbs up below the Pleiades. By about 8:30 (depending on your location), Orion is clearing the horizon below Aldebaran.
Neptune, in Aquarius, is harder at magnitude 7.9. They’re well up in the southeastern sky after dark. Finder charts for Uranus and Neptune, or see the September Sky & Telescope, page 48.
Old Farmer’s Almanac Sky Map for November – https://www.almanac.com/content/sky-map-star-chart-november-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-November 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. 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
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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
Su 11 High 3:02 AM 6.8 7:07 AM Rise 10:57 AM 10
~ 11 Low 8:25 AM 3.3 4:53 PM Set 8:13 PM
~ 11 High 2:05 PM 7.8
~ 11 Low 9:10 PM -0.1
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Life! Life! Only Life!
~ Nobody understands. And of course, how could they? – Robert Crumb
~ I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking. – Christopher Isherwood, Anglo-American author, born on this day in 1904; Goodbye to Berlin
~ We can no longer plead ignorance. We cannot evade it. We may spurn it. We may kick it out of the way. But we cannot turn aside so as to avoid seeing it. Let us make reparation to Africa, as far as we can … – William Wilberforce
~ The greatest risk for us in invading Iraq is probably not war itself, so much as: What happens after we win? The risks of an invasion setting off reactions from a hideous civil war in Iraq to toppling regimes all over the Middle East is very real. – Molly Ivins
A NOVEMBER GOODNIGHT
GOODNIGHT, little shivering grasses !
‘Tis idle to struggle and fight
With tempest and cruel frost-fingers ;
Lie down, little grasses, to-night.
The roses have gone from the garden,
And hidden their faces so fair;
The lilies have never uplifted
Since frost found them bending in prayer.
The aster and dahlia fought bravely,
Till Ice, with his glittering crest,
A diamond dagger laid over
The bloom of each velvety breast.
The leaves of the forest lie faded,
Dry stubble is left after grain ;
Yet you, little grasses, still struggle,
Still hope for the soft summer rain.
Nay, nay, even now there is weaving
Above you the fleece of the snow,
The star-pattern tracks the white shuttle
Through the loom of the storm to and fro,
Until over the moor and the mountain
‘Twill lie like a thrice-blessed stole,
And the beggarly rays of November
Be made in the day-dawning whole.
Fear not for the springtime awaking ;
‘Tis sure as the path of a star ;
The Watcher unsleeping is ready
The doorway of sleep to unbar
In time for that stir in the forest
For the ears of a mortal too fine,
When rootlets commence their spring-plowing,
And maple trees call up their wine.
Goodnight, little shivering grasses !
Lie down ‘neath the coverlet white,
And rest till the cuckoo is singing ;
Goodnight, little grasses, goodnight ! – MRS. ETHELINDA [ELLIOTT] BEERS.
Heartwings says, “Giving thanks is a wonderful way to recognize the forms and faces of your blessings.”
I begin to dust the objects on my special memento shelf. The small silver eggcup, a baptismal gift from a godmother who died before I was old enough to remember her is tarnished. Polishing it I think of my mother, a young bride alone in a foreign country. I cherish the love she gave me all those years ago.
Each object holds a special memory: The dollhouse cabinet with tiny rockroses on its miniature shelves, a present from one daughter; matches cleverly painted with a city scene of Florence, souvenir of a trip with my youngest; A painted enameled box from my eldest daughter; a handmade card from my son and his delightful partner; small mementos from loving grandchildren.
I dust the Russian nesting doll I brought back from a trip with my mother to that vast land. Next to it is the small glass bottle for carrot juice that had quenched my thirst on a trip we took to Medjugoria. How sad I was when war tore up that countryside. What memories these two objects hold.
A painted shell calls to mind Stephen’s and my wonderful visit to Nova Scotia. The doll pincushion festooned with costume jewelry pins belonged to Stephen’s grandmother. As I blow the dust from it I feel grateful to her for her loving care of Stephen. The small box covered with delicate embroidery belonging to Stephens’s mother is a precious memory of her lovely smile.
All these and more are a reminder to me of the many blessings that fill my life to overflowing. How thankful I feel for my family, for my friends, and for the life I have led. There have been ups and downs. Dear ones have passed away or vanished. Hopes have been dashed. Yet through it all there is a thread of joy that brightens even dark experiences with the knowledge that always, in all ways, I am blessed. And for this I am ever grateful.
Now and always may you enjoy counting your blessings.
Blessings and Best Regards, Tasha Halpert
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