Yesterday flew past. We made a lot of progress in the Herbs Workshop, mostly bagging, but also talked about washing beeswax, emergency candles and the properties of the herbs we were bagging. After that I worked on various things, mostly getting myself together for the evening and working on some of the food things for the potluck, but I made a small amount of progress on headers for the herbs and got the holiday hours sign printed.
I got a nap in the middle of the afternoon so I’d get through the evening and then we couldn’t go, after all. That was a real disappointment. We ended up working on some food things (like getting the meats thawed) and then on getting some things fridged of the stuff that we’re supposed to be working on.
This morning I have to start with the kuba (a barley/mushroom/onion dish), setting up the cabbage rolls, cucumber salad, etc. I’ll be experimenting with some sauces this afternoon, cameline sauce being one of the ones I’ve been setting up to do.
Tempus and I both have small projects to work on. He’s sanding a goblet and a stool. I have my embroidery, but we also need to clean the fridge. and have been trying to all week!
So, the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is today’s plant. It is an agricultural weed, also called “corn flower”, associated with crops since the earliest beginnings of agriculture, since it flowers abundantly in disturbed ground, such as at plowing, and then will flower and seed before the crops are harvested. This is how the poppies sprang up so quickly in the cemeteries of Flanders, as the dead soldiers were interred. These are not the same as the opium poppy Papaver somniferum. The Flanders Poppy and the White Poppy are the two associated with war and worn as symbols, the red poppy meaning the honoring of the dead soldiers and the white, the hope for peace. It is also associated with headaches, both from inhaling the scent and from the headaches from too much crying, from which the folk name, “Head Waak” (pronounced “whack”) comes. –Feminine, Moon, Water, Hypnos & Demeter – Poppies have been associated with sleep far more than death up until this past century and also with wealth. They are often used in magics to aid sleep. as an ingredient of dream pillows. In wealth & fertility magicks, the abundant seeds are eaten and carried to attract luck and money. A gilded poppypod can be worn as a necklace for the same purpose. They can be added to love foods and added to love sachets. The seeds are not the source of the addictive medicines, so are safe to carry. In more recent times, the associations with blood and death have started cropping up in spellbooks, so be careful. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaveraceae
Feast of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars, ancient Persia – Approximately on this day was a festival in honour of the Persian and Armenian goddess Ardvi Sura (‘undefiled, immaculate, or mighty, blameless’), one of the names of Anahita, known as the Mother of the Stars, goddess of heavenly waters; Iranian version of Astarte/Ishtar. In the Christian tradition she is a cognate of Mary, Stella Maris. (Stella Maris means “Star of the Sea” i.e. the planet Venus.) I’ve often wondered if her name is the origin of the Wiccan Star Goddess. More and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aredvi_Sura_Anahita
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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 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
When the waxing gibbous Moon passes highest in the south in early evening, it’ll be straight below the Great Square of Pegasus, which is now level and upright.Now the Great Square’s left side points down toward the Moon.
We’re two thirds of the way through fall this week, so Capella shines in the northeast as soon as the stars come out. As night grows darker, look to its right by about three fists at arm’s length for the frosty little Pleiades cluster. It’s the size of your fingertip at arm’s length. Orange Aldebaran climbs up below the Pleiades. By about 8 p.m., depending on your location, Orion is clearing the horizon below Aldebaran.
The Leonid meteor shower, which has been very weak this decade, should be at its modest best in the three hours between moonset and the beginning of Sunday’s dawn. The shower peaks tonight. With the waxing gibbous Moon setting before 2 a.m. local time and morning twilight beginning after 5 a.m., skywatchers have more than three hours for undisturbed viewing. The meteors radiate from the constellation Leo the Lion, which climbs more than 60° high in the southeast before dawn. Observers under a dark sky could see an average of between 15 and 20 meteors per hour. Leonid meteors come from tiny dust particles ejected by periodic comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle during its innumerable passes through the inner solar system. When these bits of debris slam into Earth’s atmosphere at 44 miles per second, friction with air molecules incinerates them and produces the bright streaks.
If you are out before dawn viewing the Leonid meteor shower, you’ll be equally dazzled by Venus. The inner planet passed between the Sun and Earth just three weeks ago, but its rapid orbital motion has already brought it back to prominence. This morning, the planet rises 2.5 hours before the Sun and climbs 10° high in the east-southeast by the time morning twilight
begins. Shining at magnitude –4.8, the brilliant world remains conspicuous even in bright twilight. Look carefully and you’ll also see 1st-magnitude Spica, Virgo the Maiden’s brightest star, less than 2° to the planet’s upper right. When viewed through a telescope, Venus displays a 50″-diameter disk that is just 14 percent lit.
Mars (fading from magnitude –0.3 to –0.2 this week) shines highest in the south at nightfall. It sets around midnight. In a telescope Mars is about 10 arcseconds wide and still as gibbous as we ever see it: 86 percent sunlit. For a Mars map that displays which side is facing Earth at your time and date, use the Mars Profiler.
Uranus, near the Aries-Pisces border, is pretty easy to see 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 – 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
Su 18 Low 2:23 AM 1.7 7:17 AM Set 2:01 AM 70
~ 18 High 8:54 AM 7.2 4:46 PM Rise 2:57 PM
~ 18 Low 3:24 PM 2.1
~ 18 High 9:06 PM 6.0
Affirmation/Thought for the Day – Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.
~ In avoiding the appearance of evil, I am not sure but I have sometimes unnecessarily deprived myself and others of innocent enjoyments. – Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) US President (19)
~ Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. – Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) US Politician
~ It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up. – Vince Lombardi
~ A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John C. Maxwell.
DAYS of the dying year,
Ye have rare beauty in your paler sun
And kindling leaf that falls on mosses sere,
Noiselessly dropping with your mission done.
Only the later bird
Winnows the air, neglectful of its song,
Dropping amid the branches all unheard,
Or through deserted pathways hops along.
Not weary yet for rest,
For its long winter sleep, the squirrel springs
From trunk to swaying branch, in pleasant quest
Of its late harvest where the nut still clings.
And the white frost comes down
Through the chill air, and clothes the yet green grass
With a weird mantle, till the glowing crown
Of the uprisen sun bids the frail beauty pass.
The air takes on its tone
Of mingled grief and sweetness, as if now
Above dead flowers the field is all its own,
From the far hillside to dismantled bough.
Oh, linger yet awhile
With sweet remembrances, with chastened light,
While thought can bask in summer’s genial smile,
Nor fold its wings like flowers at coming blight. – MRS. HANNAH JANE [WOODMAN] LFAVIS.