Featured photo by Ken Gagne.
After changing yesterday’s forecast to dry, it seemed to stay gloomy and damp all day. We got .03 inches, which just isn’t enough to make it look like that. Kinda wishing that winter would get on with it, actually…. 54F and I was horribly overheated before we opened the door. Now, I’m freezing. Go figure! Wind at 4mph, but we’re getting gusts well up into the teens. The AQI is the problem. It’s down to 64, but last night it was over 90 and my throat is very sore.
Yesterday I was up by the early afternoon and I settled right down to research into some of the sauces that are going to be required for the Winter Feast. That meant that I had to figure out what some things were, like red sugar, white verjuice and mastic thyme.
Tempus went out to do laundry and got mail, then snagged two of the plant buckets from Rayna’s (going to put potatoes in them). After that we worked at the shop, doing dishes and sorting things in back. I did one of the tuna casseroles for supper and then he went out to take care of our friends’ birds.
So I got back to work on the research. We had been planning on doing some more cleaning in back, but were both too tired, so Tempus was working on mail. We finally quit, but it was very late and that made things a bit late today, too.
We were open on time, though. Today we have some more inventory to do, stuff to put away, cleaning to do… lots of stuff along those lines. We also have the paper route today and I have to organize what I was writing, yesterday. …and I don’t want to forget about getting the potatoes planted.
Comfrey, Symphytum officinale – A fast-growing, ground-covering plant that tolerates a wide range of conditions, comfrey is used as a medicinal plant as well as for magick. It also has a lot of uses in organic gardening as a compost activator, a side-dressing and a soil amendment. The leaves can be harvested from mid-spring into the fall, every 6 weeks. It is used medicinally, mostly for topical applications because there are some alkaloids that are not good for your insides. It’s great on scrapes and wounds, although limiting applications to a couple of weeks is a good idea. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfrey – Feminine, Saturn, Water – Health spells, worn or carried for safe travel. Tuck into suitcases to prevent theft. The root is also used in money spells.
Shichi-Go-San (Shichigosan; (7-5-3) ceremony, Japan
Shich-Go-San literally means ‘seven-five-three’; the ceremony is performed in families who have daughters of seven, sons of five, and sons and daughters of three years of age. The children are taken to shrines to drive out evil spirits and receive the blessings of the deities. It’s one of the few occasions these days on which Japanese women wear the kimono. Chitoseame, literally ‘thousand year candy’, is given to children on Shichi-Go-San. Chitoseame is long, thin, red and white candy, which symbolizes and ensures healthy growth and longevity. It is given in a bag with a crane and a turtle on it, which are also symbols of long life, as well as pines, bamboo and ume. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shichi-Go-San
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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. 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. Waxing Gibbous Moon – From seven to fourteen days after the new moon. For spells that need concentrated work over a ¼ moon cycle this is the best time for constructive workings. Aim to do the last working on the day of the Full moon, before the turn. Keywords for the Gibbous phase are: analyze, prepare, trust. It is the time in a cycle to process the results of the actions taken during the First Quarter. During this phase you are gathering information. Give up making judgments; it will only lead to worry. Your knowledge is incomplete. Laugh. Analyze and filter. LOOK WITHIN. God/dess aspect: Maiden/Youth, but in the uncommitted phase, the Warriors – Associated God/desses: Dion, Dionysius, Venus, Thor. Phase ends at the Full on 11/21 at 9:39am.
First-quarter Moon (exact at 9:54 a.m. EST today). It’s close to Mars this evening, as shown above. First Quarter Moon occurs at 9:54 a.m. EST. Once darkness settles over the Northern Hemisphere this evening, the half-lit Moon stands due south and nearly halfway from the horizon to the zenith. As you look toward the Moon, you can’t help but notice a bright orange object just above it. This is Mars, which currently shines at magnitude –0.3. Our satellite slides 1.0° (two Moon-widths) due south of the Red Planet at 11 p.m. EST. Although Mars looks impressive this evening, it stands out even more against the faint background stars of Aquarius the Water-bearer when the Moon isn’t nearby. Use a telescope to observe subtle surface markings on the planet’s 10.5″-diameter disk.
The Moon is nearly at apogee; does it really look a trace smaller than usual? And spot Fomalhaut about 20° to the Moon’s lower left.
Jupiter (magnitude –1.7) is disappearing far down into the bright sunset.
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 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
Th 15 High 6:36 AM 6.3 7:13 AM Rise 1:36 PM 42
~ 15 Low 12:24 PM 3.7 4:49 PM Set 11:59 PM
~ 15 High 5:37 PM 5.9
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Meditation – Roll down a hill with your (or any) child. Breathe deep. What does your inner child feel like?
~ If a face like Ingrid Bergman’s looks at you as though you’re adorable, everybody does. You don’t have to act very much. – Humphrey Bogart on Ingrid Bergman, Swedish-born Hollywood actress, born on August 29, 1916, died on August 29, 1982
~ I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say. – Ingrid Bergman
~ You may have heard that I did all the rowing. This is not true. Captain Ridgway did do some rowing – when I was cooking! – Chay Blyth, Atlantic rower
~ We are all guilty – we all ought to plead guilty, and not to exculpate ourselves by throwing the blame on others. – William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833), English abolisher of the British slave trade (among other great injustices), born on August 24, 1759; on Britain’s slave trade
Unfortunately, once an economy is geared to expansion, the means rapidly turn into an end and “the going becomes the goal.” Even more unfortunately, the industries that are favored by such expansion must, to maintain their output, be devoted to goods that are readily consumable either by their nature, or because they are so shoddily fabricated that they must soon be replaced. By fashion and build-in obsolescence the economies of machine production, instead of producing leisure and durable wealth, are duly cancelled out by the mandatory consumption on an even larger scale. – Lewis Mumford, American architect, culture critic and historian of technology, born on October 19, 1895; from The City in History, Section: ‘Myth of Megalopolis’, p. 545
The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway~
Thanksgiving comes again!
Prayer of Thanksgiving for Surprises
For a friend’s unexpected call,
for a letter unforeseen,
for the sunlight bursting through thick clouds,
for a porpoise frolicking in the water,
for seals basking in the sun,
for an invitation to dinner on a lonely eve,
for a request to “come along”;
for all the wonderful surprises of life
we give you thanks, O God of joy. Amen. – Vienna Cobb Anderson
Appropriate for many faiths
source: Adapted from “Prayers of Our Hearts” © 1991 Vienna Cobb Anderson. Reprinted with the permission of the author.
We Gather Together – Before eating this Thanksgiving, sing this Thanksgiving prayer:
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
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